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Nice timing, hit them up while they are still recovering from the lost income during lockdowns.

It's not just the restaurants. I used to operate an industrial cleaning service that delivered pharma-grade cleaning in a fraction of the time normal cleaning would deliver lower results. Some of the

Funny when I type "Thailand" into google web page search one of the 10 results is "Surviving Food Poisoning in Thailand"   I guess that is the last thing you want tourists to see about your

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I hold a level 3 advanced  hygiene certificate from when I was head chef in the UK. This allows me to train staff in basic health and hygiene. Do you think they would know what that is? Doubt it  very much

That no good not do half a job like Thai way

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6 hours ago, webfact said:

Dr Suwannachai Wattanayingcharoenchai, acting department chief, said that since new health ministry regulations were issued in 2018 all restaurants were supposed to report for training by the end of 2020.

What did they expect ,that they actually would report? 

That's asking a bit much isn't it.

If they ain't dragged by the scruff of their neck you won't see one.

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2 hours ago, HarrySeaman said:

I have eaten Thai street food with only three problems in 20 years. 

 

The first time it made me sick was when a bus stopped at a food court and even though I knew better I chose a dish from an unheated display of dishes, food that had probably been sitting there for hours.  The only reason I chose it is because the soup seller wasn't at his booth.  Later that day I wished I had gone hungry.

 

Thai street food made me sick twice more when I ate som tam (papaya pok pok) because my wife got that for us.  The first time it had a crab in it, which is normal.  The next time no crab but I'm sure the mortar and pestle weren't cleaned between uses.  After that my wife made our som tam at home using clean equipment and we both enjoyed it many times sans crabs and sans multiple visits to the toilet.

 

The only other time Thai food has made me sick was from one of the supposed best Thai restaurants in Bangkok.  I'll never return to that restaurant.

 

For the last 15 years I have stuck with Thai street food and selected small Thai restaurants where I can see the food being cooked and I have never had a food poisoning problem of any kind.

 

Personally I think a lot of the problems farangs encounter is because they are such cleanliness freaks.  If they were a little less clean they would be exposed to more types of bacteria and build up defenses against them.  The healthiest children are those raised on farms where they are exposed to all sorts of dirt, animals, and animal excrement. 

Like you, I have been eating Thai street food, restaurant food, fast food, all kinds and have had food poisoning 3 times in 30 years in Thailand. Once at the most expensive fish restaurant on walking street (fish), once at an American fast food chicken joint which shall go un-named (chicken burger) and once at one of the top of the line restaurants in Pattaya. (Shrimp) Note that I have never had a problem with Thai restaurants, street food, food courts. I reckon that on the whole Thai cooks and chefs are relatively clean and careful. I have lived in other countries where I would get the "trots every other day, but not Thailand.

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They should probably start with some globally franchised chains.  I've had food poisoning twice in Thailand.  We won't name names, but suffice to say both were globally franchised fast-food chains. 
I've never been sick from eating in a Thai restaurant or eating street food. And that's over a 13 year period of time during which I've only lived here.

Looks like Thailand is starting to cram their foot into the door of nanny-statism where they can start regulating then charging money for licensing, and inspections, and generally get in the way of free enterprise at the small business level.  And what great timing. 

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6 hours ago, peterdarby said:

Nice timing, hit them up while they are still recovering from the lost income during lockdowns.

There was a time span of almost two years for them to get their act together. What is mañana in Thai?

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1 hour ago, hotchilli said:

Wattanayingcharoenchai

Is this one of those names modified to sound thai and hide his  family's  recent immigration from  China? 

 

 

It is amazing  how poor the  food prep, cleanliness,  and temperature storage is.  And the flies on these drying fish and market meat is disgusting.    Gf seems to get sick once a month.  The runs or reaction from to much msg.  She says can not buy raw  chicken unless first thing in the morning.     Also look at Big C meat and seafood in big bins  and piles  for self service and no refrigeration.   Seafood sometimes iced down some

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3 hours ago, anchadian said:

It's not just restaurants, takeaway street food also needs cleaning up.

 

One wonders how much sodium and msg (which I mentioned in another thread) they throw into these takeaway meals and still some of these stalls don't use gloves to prepare food.  Disgusting.

MSG in Thai food has put me in ICU to have my heart defibbrillated 4 times. Gave me Atrial Fibrillation. (heart beating out of synch, and fast). 

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3 hours ago, NE1 said:

It gets boring doesn't it , more rules and regs. with nobody enforcing them .

 

 

....yes, enforcing is the key.

it could be initiated with a simple incentive scheme for the enforcers......not only would this start to move the 'system' away from the brown envelopes, but will ultimately bring some respect within the civil service......

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the oil is so bad and i definitely get acid reflux....but that could be if it's spicy.  i don't blame them for that, i know better.

 

never eat seafood if i can't see the sea.

 

problem is......pollution, bad food, stomach issues can last for a long time....you THINK it's one thing, but it might be something else.

 

Like I thought I got a bad can of Sprite because it hurt to use the bathroom, but then I remembered that lady I met at 2 a.m. sleeping under the tree...and..ah....lol

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16 minutes ago, Kildonan said:

MSG in Thai food has put me in ICU to have my heart defibbrillated 4 times. Gave me Atrial Fibrillation. (heart beating out of synch, and fast). 

This has never happened to me, you appear to have a life altering allergy there.

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1 hour ago, jaiyen said:

I built restaurant kitchens for many years and one of the filthiest ones in Perth was also one of the most popular and very expensive. The kitchen was disgusting. One advantage in Thai kitchens is that much of the food is stir fried. However thats no guarantee as cleanliness is the most important thing. Almost impossible to maintain. Chinese restaurants are the most filthy I have ever seen and Indian ones the best on average,

I am with you on that. I did many restaurant remodels in the US. Disgusting. Move a prep table or a stove that hasn't been moved in years.

In my travels in 3rd world countries I have gotten sick in higher end restaurants more times than from eating at street stalls.

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The newcomer who goes to a public market and sees sold pork meat placed on cardboard without any protection or the slightest refrigeration by more than 30 degrees centigrade if it is not an old timer he may not understand the  hygienic rules of this country...but from time to time they chase the flies it is necessary to do them this justice😊

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