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41% of fresh vegetables sold in Thai markets are contaminated with harmful levels of pesticide

Link Here 27th June 2019
From my experience, farmers certainly know the score, and it is standard practise to soak all vegetables in a mild detergent solution. The most worried about vegetables are cucumbers, runner beans and watermelons. Thai farmers are also very keen on organic farming, not because of concerns about consumers, but because they passionately believe that pesticides kill them and their families.

Pesticide watchdog Thai-PAN has just 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.

Prokchol Ousap, coordinator of Thailand Pesticide Alert Network (Thai-PAN), reported that the organization recently analysed 286 samples of vegetables. She said that the sample sources ranged from fresh markets and shop houses to produce shelves in city department stores. 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 Prokchol.

The worst contamination was found in bok choy, kale, Thai basil, chili, cauliflower, oranges, rose apples, guava and grapes. The lab also found contamination of 33% of imported fruit was over the standard, while 48.7% of locally grown produce exceeded acceptable contamination standards.

She went on to say that fresh fruit and vegetables on the shelves of large department stores were more contaminated than those sold in local fresh markets, adding that products that are labeled as meeting GAP and GMP standards are safer as only 26% were found to be contaminated.



Dangerous Critters...

Centipedes can kill

Link Here 30th April 2019
A 54 year old Thai woman in Nakorn Pathom has died after she was bitten by a centipede. It is called takhap in Thai.

The woman was bitten on her foot on Saturday and was taken to hospital. There she was given an injection and medication and sent home to recover.

He son said she was in great pain and there was swelling in the area of the bite. But she had an evening meal and went to bed. On Sunday morning he went to rouse her but she was dead.

An autopsy is being undertaken at Sirirat Hospital.

Thaivisa notes that bites from centipedes are not usually fatal in humans. However, the bigger ones can cause extreme pain that can last for several days



Show your money!...

Thai Immigration reveals new rules for those showing income for a 1 year visa extension

Link Here 6th January 2019
Now that several foreign embassies have ended their service of providing letters supporting visa applicants income cliams, Thai Immigration has outlined replacement rules for evidencing ncome.

The income requirements remain unchanged in value (40,000 a month for those supporting Thais and 65,000 a month for retirees). Thai Immigration will now accept evidence as follows:

  1. Tax receipts of the supporting relative presumably thos issues by the Thai tax authorities.
  2. Evidence of a pension. Letter of certification from a Thai bank supported by bank statements showing a pension being transferred to the pensioner's bank account every month for at least 12 months. Exceptions are allowed for those who have been retired for less than one year.
  3. Evidence of income from a foreign embassy or consulate for those whose embassies are still providing the service

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