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Phuket Pad Thai hygiene goes on show

Phuket Pad Thai hygiene goes on show

PHUKET: Phuket’s top officials, along with Deputy Public Health Minister Satit Pitutacha, held a public-awareness event at Central Festival Phuket yesterday (July 21) to highlight food hygiene standards in Phuket, with a special focus on Pad Thai.

By The Phuket News

Monday 22 July 2019, 03:06PM

The event follows Australian couple Stacey Barnes, 32, and Ryan Prigg, 39, claiming that a meal of Pad Thai they ate at a Phuket food court during a family holiday in 2017 ruined their lives and their business for more than a year. (See story here.)

Also present at the event yesterday were Phuket Governor Phakaphong Tavipatana, Phuket City Mayor Somjai Suwansupana and Central Phuket's Senior Vice President Wilaiporn Pitimanaaree.

At the event, vendors cooked Pad Thai and officials ate it, and free servings of Pad Thai were handed out to the public.

Deputy Public Health Minister Mr Satit assured that his ministry was doing its job.

“We coordinate with the relevant officials, the private sector and local organisations to enforce food hygiene standards and to oversee the level of hygiene at local restaurants, coffee shops, various kinds of beverage shops and street vendors,” he said.

“We encourage business operators to have knowledge about and to cook using clean and safe food standards. Cooking must be without germs, chemicals or heavy metals coming into contact with food,” he said.

“This reduces the risk of disease in food and beverages. It also prevents people and tourists (sic) from food poisoning,” he added.

Mr Satit pointed out that when Phuket was declared a Unesco Creative City of Gastronomy, a total of 453 of the 540 restaurants and other food vendors registered in Phuket had been inspected and passed food health and hygiene standards – granting them the ministry’s “Good taste, Clean Food” certification.

“That is 83.89%,” he said.

Phuket Governor Phakaphong also gave his assurances.

“Since Phuket has become a Unesco Creative City of Gastronomy, Phuket restaurants have continued to improve. I can confirm that Phuket food is safe, in accordance with the Ministry of Public Health’s health and hygiene food safety standards,” he said.

Gov Phakaphong added that after the claims by the Australian tourists of contracting a parasite that left them with a debilitating illness that took almost two years to recover from, the chief of the Phuket Provincial Health Office (PPHO) ordered his officers to investigate the report. (See story here.)

“Now all 540 registered food vendors in Phuket are certified under the ‘Good taste, Clean Food’ campaign,” he said yesterday.

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Nasa12 | 24 July 2019 - 06:52:15

Wiesenl, it’s not about normal bacteria that’s ok but a don’t ned nose and ass bacteria in my food. PN should let us upload movies on the website just like on TV's pages.

Wiesel | 23 July 2019 - 13:58:52

If a cook/chef can not touch food with bare hands anymore than you should strictly take care that you harvest and slaughter your food with your own hands. Have fun. And to Nasa: we are living in a world of bacteria and without them we could not exist. If you want to be in a sterile World pack yourself in a vacuum Plasticbag. But dont fart inside ;-)

Christy Sweet | 23 July 2019 - 13:32:05

I was taught in school to never ever touch my  eyes, nose or mouth while anywhere near a public place so  I almost never get sick. I note many seem ignorant of this most basic of health precautions. If I see one more cashier digging boogers out of her nose....

Timothy | 23 July 2019 - 09:15:12

The supermarkets have piles of raw meat and seafood that people, many with bare hands, dig through....Then they carry their baskets or push their carts with those hands. Not exactly hygienic! When you have your items weighed they are put on a slimy scale, so even if you carefully picked your product, your bag gets covered in goo...

Nasa12 | 22 July 2019 - 20:45:34

For example, how many gloves do these "chefs" use each day?  I know about a couple like that.  And they are used to and cut raw meat and widespread vegetables and take on the plates we eat off and then they end up also receiving money with those gloves, how many millions of bacteria do these chefs infect people with every day ?

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