15 Jun '15, 11pm

KING OF FRUITS Govt rushes to pacify Hong Kong over concern on tumeric-soaked durian

The move comes as the ministries warned Thai exporters and farmers not to use any substances that could affect consumer confidence. Duangkamol Jiambutr, the Commerce Ministry spokeswoman, said the Thai Trade Office in Hong Kong would inform Hong Kong's Food and Environmental Hygience Department (FEHD) that turmeric did not harm people's health so there was no need to ban Thai durian imports. In a bid to prevent further problems, the ministry will also meet with relevant government agencies and the Thai Fruits Exporters Association to discuss the import fruit regulations for a variety of markets. A recent media report stated that the FEHD had accused Thai durian farmers and exporters of soaking durians in turmeric, a yellow liquid, and other chemicals to accelerate ripening. The FEHD warned them not to use turmeric or any substance to accelerate ripening or Hong Kong would ...

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