But Thailand is the ‘Kitchen of the World’, right?

Thailand is certainly a leading food producer. Exports of agricultural and food products from Thailand are worth more than 400 billion Baht (US $10 billion) per year. We are the world’s largest exporter of rice, frozen shrimp and canned pineapple. Other Thai products – such as vegetables, fruit, cassava, sugar, fish, and chicken – can be found in markets all around the world.

Thailand also has the tastiest food in the world. That’s what we think, and a lot of foreigners agree with us. There are thousands of Thai restaurants in Europe, America, Australia and other parts of Asia.

But not everybody is happy with what they are buying from Thailand. Complaints from the European Union about chemicals in Thai shrimp and chicken have had a serious effect on the export of these products. The USA and China have complained about chemicals in Thai fruit , the UK has complained about chemicals in Thai rice and Japan has complained about chemicals in Thai vegetables.

The fact that Thai food often includes dangerous chemicals has become the number one reason for trade conflicts. This is another reason why the Thai Government is worried about the quality of our food. If other countries reject our exports, this could hurt the national economy and affect the jobs of thousands of people.

Longan fruits in tree
Thai fruits are exported to many countries. But our trading partners have complained about pesticide residues (leftovers from pesticide use on fruits and vegetables).
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