Cases in in Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Korat, Chiang Mai, Uttaradit, and Bangkok are mentioned.
When: December 22nd, 2020
What: Police Lt. Colonel Kornwatch Panprapakorn, Director-General of the Department of Special Investigation, together with Mr. Pichet Wiriyaphaet, Director-General of the Department of Agriculture, signed an agreement of association to coordinate and cooperate in the prevention and investigation of offenses related to consumer protection.
The specific focus referenced in the report are the dangers posed by chemicals that people and farms use to get rid of weeds and pests. Together with the Hazardous Substances Committee, they announced that two chemicals, paraquat and chlorpyrifos.
Some operators are suspected of incorporating the banned chemicals into biological and food products. The report states that 5,000 people die annually, and the state loses 20 million baht per year in healthcare costs related to these chemicals.
The agreement between the DSI and Department of Agriculture will see cooperation for investigations of offenders of the law associated with these substances, which falls under the Hazardous Substance Law.
The report states that cases in Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Korat, Chiang Mai, Uttaradit, and Bangkok have been investigated.
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My take: I’m not a scientist and I’m no expert in the data on the health impact of these chemicals in agricultural use.
It’s of personal interest, of course, because everybody has to eat and I wonder how this type of law enforcement will impact food prices and availability.
As cases where offenders of the law and use of these two chemicals are reported, we will be sure to pass them along to readers.
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