Thai restaurant owners face fines for ‘stealing’ food
Restaurant owners in Thailand face fines of up to THB200 ($11) if they knowingly violate local food laws, the country’s food watchdog has announced.
The Thai Food and Drug Administration (THFA) issued the enforcement notice to four Thai restaurants last week, which are accused of violating rules to ensure the health of animals and to reduce waste.
Thailand is the world’s second-largest exporter of chicken, and the country has been criticized for not being as responsible about animal welfare as other countries.
Thais also have an eating disorder called bulimia, in which excessive food consumption leads to a high number of eating disorders, and many people have resorted to taking drugs.
Thai food laws are designed to protect animals and promote healthy eating habits, but the THFA said the establishments violated them by using animals in their restaurants as cheap labor and for dishes.
“The violation of food law by the restaurants is a gross violation of the Thai food law, and in particular, it violates the prohibition of the consumption of meat by persons under 18 years of age,” the agency said in a statement.
The establishments face a maximum fine of THB150 ($2).
The Thai government is working to crack down on food smuggling and smuggling of illicit goods.
Last year, Thai authorities arrested a number of people, including three who were involved in the illegal trade in meat and eggs.