THE Food and Drug Administration alerted parents about the proliferation of contraband roll-on liquid candy while warning those importing and selling them that they face a 30,000 baht fine, Matichon newspaper said today (Sep. 23).
Dr. Lertchai Lertwut, deputy secretary-general of the Food and Drug Administration, said this roll-on liquid snack is brightly coloured and has exotic flavours while packaged in various different ways to attract children’s attention.
The new variety of candy is mostly sold near schools or through online channels but as it is a smuggled product sales are not permitted. It is very noticeable that there is no Thai-language in the labelling nor is an FDA number present.
Moreover the ingredients are not stated nor who imported it, he said.
“We would like to warn you to not buy or consume this type of candy. There is risk of exposure to dangerous substances or higher than permitted amounts of preservatives, colouring and flavouring and possibly contamination during production or packaging in non-standard containers,” he said.
Snacks approved by FDA will have a Thai label with the ingredients stated, the FDA number, the address of the manufacturer or importer, expiry date, net weight, details about flavouring, food additives and preservatives used too mentioned.
Importers and sellers of this contraband candy face a fine of 30,000 baht. If it is found that food additives used do not comply with the law then another 20,000 baht fine will be levied. Should the packaging and containers not meet the standard prescribed by law then the penalty is maximum two years’ imprisonment and/or maximum 20,000 baht fine.
For enquiries or filing complaints the public may contact FDA at its hotline: 1556. or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or mailing address: PO Box 1556, Ministry of Public Health, Nonthaburi Province 11004.
Dr. Lertchai Lertwut with a liquid candy roller bottle. Photo: Matichon