Actions to be considered against poster of clip discrediting Thai rice

Thai authorities will hold a meeting tomorrow to see what channel they could do to take legal action against the poster of a video clip intended to discredit Thailand and its rice export.

Initial investigation revealed that the clip was posted from a location that is populated primarily by Asian-American communities.

Authorities said this is a clear indication that an attempt to discredit Thai rice was made.

It was a deliberate attack to discredit the popularity of Thai rice, authorities said.

Now, the authorities are holding talks with the Thai Rice Exporters Association to see how to proceed in the matter and what can be done to protect the reputation of Thai rice.

In addition to this, the Department of Foreign Trade has also stated that it will be coordinating with the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society to see what can be done to prevent the clip from being spread across the internet.

A meeting was scheduled for tomorrow with the National Rice Policy Committee to see what other action can be taken.

The clip triggered an uproar among the government and the private sector.

The clip posted by an American woman claiming that Thai rice contained plastic contaminants.

The clip on the internet showed her roasting Thai jasmine rice until it burned which she then claims this proved that the rice was fake and contained rice grains made from plastic.

However netizens all over the world have voiced their opinions saying that she had intentionally roasted the rice until it burned.

In reaction to this Thai rice exporters joined in making a clip of their own showing the roasting of rice grains followed by the roasting of plastic seeds.

The clip was made to show the difference in the burning characteristics of both substances.

It was clearly seen that rice grains being roasted for a prolonged period would first turn brown before eventually being burnt black. Plastic on the other hand when heated would melt and eventually evaporate.

Commenting on the incident Duangporn Rodphayathi, the director-general of the Department of Foreign Trade, stated that the department had contacted Siam Grain Company who is the number 1 exporter of Thai rice to the USA.

Company executives revealed that Siam Grain Company's rice is considered a premium brand in America and has passed all American quality standards.

They also revealed that all their production procedures meet the highest international standards and is catalogued at every step allowing every process to be checked or back-checked if necessary.

As such the possibility of contaminants entering into the production process is virtually impossible.

The claim that fake plastic rice grains were added to their rice was ridiculous as jasmine rice is cheaper than plastic seeds by half, one kilogram of rice costs 20 baht while plastic seeds cost 40 baht/kg.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)