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41 percent of vegetables in Thai markets exceed contamination standards

 

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Pesticide watchdog Thai-PAN has today (Wednesday) published its most recent survey, which reveals that 41% of all vegetables in Thailand’s fresh markets are contaminated with chemical pesticides to a level that exceeds internationally acceptable standards. 12 types of banned chemicals were also discovered.

 

Ms. Prokchol Ousap, coordinator of Thailand Pesticide Alert Network (Thai-PAN), reported that the organization recently collected 286 samples of vegetables in collaboration with agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), provincial health officials, Tambon health workers, members of national farmer council, consumers’ association and civil society.

 

She said that the sample sources ranged from fresh markets and shop houses to produce shelves in department stores in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Khon Kaen, Yasothorn, Srakaew, Chanthaburi, Ratchaburi and Songkhla. The samples included 15 types of vegetables and nine types of fruit commonly consumed by the public. They were sent for analysis by ISO-17025 certified laboratories in the United Kingdom.

 

“The result is shocking as they found that 41% of the samples were contaminated with chemical pesticides,” said Ms. Prokchol.

 

Full story: https://www.thaipbsworld.com/41-percent-of-vegetables-in-thai-markets-exceed-contamination-standards/

 

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-- © Copyright Thai PBS 2019-06-27
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Scary, especially if you rely on eating out or takeaways, I'm guessing many vendors might be less than thorough on the washing front, and a lot of the food here is stir fried which probably removes little or nothing in the way of contaminants. Like RobboR I tend to cook at home, so I'm hopeful that washing, and boiling veg in salted water, get's rid of most of the crap, as for fruit, most of it is peelable, just have to wash things I eat unpeeled and raw - apples, tomatoes, grapes, etc. - extra thoroughly, I suppose.

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Then you have to consider the street food is full of it which takes the ante up quite a bit. Just because it is cooked into a final food does not mean it dissipated. For fruits it is more in the skin so not so bad, but vegetables is the hard one. Most food agri factory have in house labs to test for them before they get sent out.

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Washing does not help, especially with systemic pesticidesThe biggest problem is that there is not even a good lab in thailand. The Central Lab in Bangkok can not testing most pesticides on the basis of outdated technology, which is why the samples must also be sent to England.

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I use to  Wash vegetables and fruits with hydrogen peroxide to remove dirt and pesticides. Add 1/4 cup of H2O2 to a sink of cold water. Afterwashing, rinse thoroughly with cool water.

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Ok in that case where are the rest of the 59% that are assumed to be "clean" for consumption?.... reserved for "others" ?

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