16 Jul 2013 07:54

BANGKOK, July 13 (Bernama) - The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives has confirmed that Thai rice sold on domestic and overseas markets is safe for consumption, Thai News Agency (TNA) reported.

Dumrong Jirasutas, director-general of the ministry's Department of Agriculture, gave the confirmation on Saturday during Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's weekly TV and radio programme.

Dumrong said that random inspections conducted by his ministry and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thai rice found the commodity is free from chemical residue.

Rice samples taken from local mills and from 40 brands of rice as well as rice sold in the domestic market and for export were found to contain no chemical residue exceeding international safety standards.

FDA secretary-general Dr. Boonchai Somboonsook said in more than 160 rice samples collected from shopping malls since June 18, 107 samples had shown no chemical residue.

The government's latest assurances were made following reports on social networks that the country's rice was contaminated with extra chemical residue.