World Thailand: Rice exporters back ban on three toxic chemicals: Paraquat, Glyphosate, and Chlorpyrifos

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    Rice exporters have thrown their full support behind the ban on three toxic farm chemicals, saying importer countries have tightened their order of crops based on food safety.

    Charoen Laothamatas, president of the Thai Rice Exporters Association, said the group agrees with the government's decision to ban paraquat, glyphosate and chlorpyrifos, and has asked farmers to adjust by reducing the use of chemicals.

    "Many rice buyers have tightened their measures to protect consumers," Mr Charoen said. "If Thai farmers ignore the ban or do not reduce chemical use, rice exports will be affected."

    He said global rice consumption is shifting towards chemical-free products.

    Chookiat Ophaswongse, honorary president of the association, said several countries including the US and Japan, as well EU members, have introduced new laws to protect consumers and tightened food safety rules for chemical residues, especially for farm products.

    Read more here. (Bangkok Post)

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