DITP Strengthens Practices for Processing and HandlingFruit to Boost Confidence for Global Consumers
 
May 09, 2021
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Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP) elevates the safety practices for handling fruit products, ready to boost confidence for consumers by launching Thailand Delivers with Safety campaign. The campaign stresses on the strong potential and prime quality of Thai fruits, highlighting the hygiene and safety in compliance of COVID-19 Prevention Best Practice in every step, so that Thai manufacturers follow the same practices to ensure greater safety for consumers.

Mr.Somdet Susomboon, Director-General of the Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP) revealed that COVID-19 pandemic has changed behaviors for people all around the world to heighten concerns over their health and safety. Most importantly, consumers increasingly take extra caution when buying fresh fruits and vegetables. As the major exporter of the vast variety of fruits and vegetables to all over the world, Thailand is among the first country to emphasize on delivering safety for consumers. Thailand’s Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Public Health, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives and Ministry of Interior have joined forces in implementing the compliance of COVID-19 Prevention Best Practice in food production for export, to enable manufacturers, exporters, business operators, fruit and vegetable suppliers, as well as logistics operators to follow the standard guidelines comprising of 3 major safety measures:

1. Reduce the risk of contamination from raw ingredients and containers
Business operators and suppliers in fruit and vegetable shipping must control access to the premises, such as signing names to check-in, using an online system to screen and manage employee data as well as data on the freight vehicles and cleaning surface of the freight vehicles at risk of contamination after each use, while employees are required to wear a mask at all times to prevent contamination.

2. Strict production control
Every factory must implement quality and safety controls throughout the production line, from receiving fresh fruit and vegetable, processing and packing in compliance with Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) and Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP). Besides, employees must keep personal hygiene at all times by wearing aprons, gloves and mask, and hand wash frequently during work, while maintaining preventive measures for transporting goods by cleaning and disinfecting the interior of the vehicle container.

3. Control Personal Hygiene, Work Environment as well as Location and Manufacturing Building
- Location and Manufacturing Building: Entrances and exits must be controlled at all times. In addition, the manufacturing building, meeting room, cafeteria, changing room and toilets should be properly managed in order to reduce congestion. Business operators should also install high- efficiency ventilation systems and air filters in the building.

- Sanitation: The personal hygiene equipment must be readily available at the work station including a handwashing sink, liquid soap, disinfectant, disposable paper towels and auto lid pedal waste bins, with the clear instructions provided.

- Cleaning: Strictly clean and disinfect the machinery manufacturing buildings, toilets, floors, walls, as well as common areas which are prone to contact such as door knobs, handrails, elevator buttons, chairs, dining tables, etc., in appropriate frequency and time of day.

- Personal hygiene of workers: Workers’ health must be monitored daily before entering the building. The workers must wear a mask at all times and be collected for information to trace back. They are also required to wear gloves, wash hands, maintain social distancing and prevent any contaminations during operation.

- Training: Employees are trained to protect themselves from COVID-19 including temperature checking, wearing a mask, social distancing, cleaning and disinfecting, as well as reducing congestion, in order to ensure that their workplace is COVID-19 secure.

DITP has launched “Thailand Delivers with Safety” campaign to strengthen relationships and trust among buyers and trade partners around the world, highlighting the strong potential and finest quality of Thai agricultural products, food and Halal food products. Thai manufacturers strictly follow COVID-19 Prevention Best Practice in every procedure from sourcing ingredients, harvesting, transporting, manufacturing with high level of personal safety, packaging to delivering at the consumers’ doorstep,” affirmed Mr. Somdet.

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Office of Agricultural and Industrial Trade Promotion Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP)

For further information, please contact:

• Public Relations Department, Integrated Communication Co.,Ltd.,
Tel.: 0 2354 3588
Website:www.incom.co.th

• Ms. Usanee Thavornkarn
Tel.: 081 984 5500
Email: usanee@incom.co.th