After signs of the coronavirus were detected on the surfaces of boxes of Thai durian, delivery to China was blocked for 3 days. Companies in Thailand’s fruit export industry have been told to follow strict Covid-19 guidelines.
A shipment of the famous King of Fruits, aka. Durian, from Thailand, was reportedly infected at China’s Mohan border, directly on the Laos-China border, forcing a transport restriction between Tuesday and Thursday. Covid was discovered on trucks and packaging surfaces. It is unclear how this happened and what was done to discover the infection.
Suthee Thongyaem, the governor of Chanthaburi in eastern Thailand, has ordered fruit vendors to cooperate with disease control measures and employees must continue testing for Covid-19.
“Routine Covid checks of employees must be carried out by the authorities before any shipment is made. If there is an infection, a three-day break is advised.
The provincial disease control committee is stepping in and will authorize the closure of some packing facilities and take the necessary precautions to contain the suspected infection.
Thailand’s Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Chalermchai Sri-on, intervened…
“Several agencies need to strengthen Covid 19 regulations to avoid future problems, especially stopping the import of durians into China.
About 25,000 tons of durian, or 4 percent of the total production, are sent to China, which requires strict rules and regulations, according to the director of the Agricultural Research and Development Bureau of Region 6, Chonlatee Numnoo.
THE SOURCE: Bangkok Post