Harmful benzoic acid traced to Nakhon Pathom sausage manufacturing factory

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Thailand Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is investigating a meat-processing factory in Nakhon Pathom after finding illegal levels of the preservative benzoic acid in its products.

Excessive intake of benzoic acid could cause diarrhoea, abdominal pain and other symptoms.

The investigation was launched after health officials detected illegal levels of the chemical in samples of 4 products which include fishballs and sausages on sale at a store in Rayong province. The store confirmed that the tainted products came from Tangchareon Seafood Processing Ltd, a wholesaler in Samut Sakhon’s Mueang district.

The wholesaler later told officials that the products originated from a factory run by ‘Mr Pick’ in Muang district, Nakhon Pathom. FDA and local health officials raided the factory on 28 March and found it had committed several offences which include operating with no licence; factory failed to meet the Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) standard; and the use of fraudulent labelling.

Samples were taken from the factory and operations were immediately stopped pending legal action.

At the same time, the FDA also inspected sausage and meatball vendors in Muang and Phutthamonthon districts in Nakhon Pathom. They found 10 products incorrectly labelled and said they will investigate the manufacturer. The vendors were advised to stop selling the mislabelled products.

The FDA urged consumers to buy from reliable vendors and choose food products that carried labels with registration numbers. In Thailand, provinces and cities outside Bangkok often have issues of food manufacturers and suppliers not following strict food safety standards, as they are not tightly regulated by the provincial authorities.

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