The owners of a fish processing factory in Samut Sakhon are in deep water after inspections turned up traces of poisonous pufferfish in their fishballs.
Flesh from the toxic puffers – which live in the tropical waters around Thailand – was also found in the plant’s “Smiling Fish” brand fish strings.
We guess the owners of the plant – in Tha Cheen Subdistrict of the coastal province – aren’t smiling anymore.
Phiphat Yingseree, secretary-general of Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration, said inspectors’ suspicions were aroused when they noticed some of the factory’s products hadn’t been labelled properly.
Products including “Smiling Fish” fish strings, “Hong Thong” fish balls and fish strings and “Strong Boy” fishballs had no date of manufacture or use-by dates.
When inspectors tested their composition, they found traces of L.spadiceus and L.lunaris pufferfish in them – as well as tetrotodoxin, a potent neurotoxin with no known antidote.
Fortunately, the amount of poison was nowhere near fatal levels.
The plant owners will be charged with manufacturing food for distribution with incorrect labeling, punishable by a maximum fine of THB30,000, and manufacturing food for distribution containing pufferfish, which carries a sentence of six months to two years and a fine of THB5,000 – THB20,000.
Som Tam (Green Papaya Salad)
20 raw prawns , medium size
4-5 cups chicken broth/soup stock
2 Tbs Sliced lemon grass, lightly pounded, cut into 1 inch long segments
4 table spoons fish sauce – nam pla
1/3 cup sliced galangal
1/2 cup straw mushroom, halved or whole
6-8 kaffir lime leaves, shredded
4 tablespoons lime juice
6 crushed fresh Thai chili peppers
2 tablespoons “nam prik pao” roasted chili in oil
Fresh corianderfor garnish
1. Wash the prawns and shell and de-vein them without removing the tails. Bring chicken broth to a boil.
2. Add lemongrass, galanga and lime leaves.
3. Bring back to a boil
4. add mushrooms, fish sauce, prik pao and lime juice.
5. Add prawns and fresh chilli peppers.
6. As soon as prawns turn pink (cooked through)
Sisters died of ‘food poisoning’ in Thailand hotel
The sisters are Audrey Belanger, 20,
and Noemi Belanger, 26, both of
Pohenegamook, Quebeq, Canada
Bangkok, June 17, 2012 (AFP) – Two Canadian sisters found dead in their hotel room on a popular Thai resort island may have been the victims of "serious food poisoning", police said Sunday.
The bodies of Audrey and Noemi Belanger, aged 20 and 26, were found Friday by hotel staff on Phi Phi island in the Andaman Sea, 800 kilometres (500 miles) south of Bangkok, showings signs of having suffered an extreme toxic reaction.
"Forensic officials found vomit in the room, blood on their lips and gums and their fingernails and toenails were blue," lieutenant colonel Rat Somboon of Krabi Provincial Police said, adding there were "signs of serious food poisoning."
"They died more than 12 hours before being found. They had eaten meals outside the hotel," he said.
The bodies of the sisters, who were from Canada’s French-speaking Quebec province, were taken from Phi Phi to the nearby town of Krabi on Thailand’s Andaman seaboard, where a probe into the cause of the deaths was underway, he added.
Lieutenant Pongpan Waiyawat, of Phi Phi’s police force said more details would be released "once there is some progress", adding there was no indication of a violent struggle inside their room at the Palm Residence Hotel.
Thailand is a tourist magnet but its image as the "Land of Smiles" has been tested in recent years by deadly political unrest, devastating floods and more recently a bungled bomb plot involving Iranian suspects.
Phi Phi island is one of Thailand’s tourist jewels, made famous by the 2000 film The Beach starring Leonardo DiCaprio, and was rebuilt after it was devastated by the 2004 tsunami.
Choke-D means good luck in Thai, so the good luck bar!
Here is one of my favourite restaurants on Jomtien beach front. It’s called the Choke-D bar and it offers delicious local Thai food dishes. Good quality food at very reasonable prices. The bar overlooks Jomtien beach, which is literally just across the road.
The owner is a skilled wind surfer, so runs a wind surfing club from the bar, so there is something for everybody. I guess that he must be pretty good at it because he always seems to be busy teaching the tourists.