Establishing a Food Production Plant in Thailand
Under the Food Act of 1979, no one is allowed to establish a food production plant in Thailand, unless they have received a license from the proper authorities. The licensing process has two main parts: (1) the preparation and submission of the application and (2) the preparation of the food production site.
The application must be submitted to either the Thai Food and Drug Administration and the Thai Consumer Protection Board. The application consists of the application form, the identification documents of the company operating the plant, as well as the master plan of the food production site, which must include details of the sewage system. In regards to the production site, it must conform to Thai governmental regulations in the following areas:
- Location of the site
- Quality of the factory building
- Layout of the production site
- Handling of the fuel used in the production process
- Arrangement of water pipes
- Disposal of waste water and waste material
- Water used in the production process
- Factory engine and tools
Although the details of the regulations are quite extensive, a summary of the first few requirements are as follows: the food production site must not be located in any area which can cause the food to be contaminated; for example, it must not be located near a stockyard, an area where animals are raised, a factory that produces pollution, or an area with decaying garbage. As for the factory building itself, it must be used for producing only food, and nothing else. It must well-lit, ventilated and constructed with quality material. As for the layout of the site, each step in the production process must have its own area; such as one area each for storing raw materials, preparing the materials, mixing them, and storing the finished product. Dormitories and bathrooms must be contained a separate building. In regards to the fuel used in the manufacturing process, it must be arranged so that no possible fumes can contaminate the food.
See also establishing a company in Thailand.
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