Thai seafood sales drop after Covid-19 outbreak at market

Seafood sales across Thailand and also exports are falling substantially after the recent outbreak of Covid-19 at a wholesale shrimp market in Samut Sakhon province southwest of Bangkok.

Many buyers have expressed their concerns whether the coronavirus would be on the seafood or its packaging and are asking vendors from where their ware is originating.

Seafood farmers from other provinces have resorted to sell directly to consumers in various parts of the country at wholesale prices to sell their stock, eliminating middle men.

Thai Fisheries Department chief Meesak Pakdeekhong said that the Covid-19 virus could not be carried in seafood, and that strict sanitary measures were in place for fishing crews and food processing plants during handling of the catch.

He said that there had been no reports of cold-blooded marine animals being infected by the virus or similar strains.

Laos closes doors for Thai seafood

However, not everybody is confident with Meesak’s message.

Laos has temporarily banned the import of fresh and frozen seafood from Thailand after the outbreak in the Samut Sakhon seafood market.

The Lao industry and commerce ministry made the decision on December 23  to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the country.

The new measure is temporary and will stay in effect until both countries can confirm the products are safe and coronavirus-free, the ministry said.



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Seafood sales across Thailand and also exports are falling substantially after the recent outbreak of Covid-19 at a wholesale shrimp market in Samut Sakhon province southwest of Bangkok. Many buyers have expressed their concerns whether the coronavirus would be on the seafood or its packaging and are asking vendors from where their ware is originating. Seafood farmers from other provinces have resorted to sell directly to consumers in various parts of the country at wholesale prices to sell their stock, eliminating middle men. Thai Fisheries Department chief Meesak Pakdeekhong said that the Covid-19 virus could not be carried in seafood,...

Seafood sales across Thailand and also exports are falling substantially after the recent outbreak of Covid-19 at a wholesale shrimp market in Samut Sakhon province southwest of Bangkok.

Many buyers have expressed their concerns whether the coronavirus would be on the seafood or its packaging and are asking vendors from where their ware is originating.

Seafood farmers from other provinces have resorted to sell directly to consumers in various parts of the country at wholesale prices to sell their stock, eliminating middle men.

Thai Fisheries Department chief Meesak Pakdeekhong said that the Covid-19 virus could not be carried in seafood, and that strict sanitary measures were in place for fishing crews and food processing plants during handling of the catch.

He said that there had been no reports of cold-blooded marine animals being infected by the virus or similar strains.

Laos closes doors for Thai seafood

However, not everybody is confident with Meesak’s message.

Laos has temporarily banned the import of fresh and frozen seafood from Thailand after the outbreak in the Samut Sakhon seafood market.

The Lao industry and commerce ministry made the decision on December 23  to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the country.

The new measure is temporary and will stay in effect until both countries can confirm the products are safe and coronavirus-free, the ministry said.



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