- Genetically Modified Foods shall undergo risk evaluation before production/processing, retail or importation in Thailand.
According to WTO notification issued on Jul. 5, 2019, Thailand FDA unveiled the draft of “Genetically Modified Foods Regulation”, which will come into effect 90 days after being notified in the Royal Gazette.
The regulation’s key points are listed below:
- Annex 1 of the regulation lists the genetically modified plants that have passed food safety assessment by the risk evaluation agencies designated by Thai FDA.
- Food products consisting of or produced from genetically modified foods (GMF) ingredients are prohibited from production/processing, retail or importation in Thailand unless they have undergone food safety evaluation. New GMFs must be assessed by designated risk evaluation agencies.
- Products consisting of or containing Genetically Modified Microorganisms which are capable of multiplication or of transferring genes are prohibited for use as food.
- The importers of GMF shall submit the certified document or evidential materials that the products have passed food safety evaluation in the country of origin.
- Foods sold on the market prior to the enforcement of the regulation which contain Genetically Modified Plants but do not appear in Annex I require the enterprise to submit information for food safety assessment within five years from the date that this notification comes into effect.
- The regulation details data required for GMF safety evaluation
- The regulation stipulates GMF labeling requirements