Thailand wants durian exports to China investigated after substandard fruit found at Shanghai vendor
- Thailand wants Chinese authorities to investigate if substandard durian from the kingdom was being sold on a roadside in Shanghai
- Thai officials believe the fruit may have been sourced from Thailand’s neighbours, and thus did not meet quality standards
Alongkorn Ponlaboot, counsellor to agriculture minister Chalermchai Sri-on, said his boss became aware of the incident after seeing the video on Thai media.
Alongkorn also said an agricultural officer from the Thai consulate in Shanghai inspected the spot but did not find durians being sold there. He added that further investigation revealed the woman bought the smelly fruit from a mobile vendor whose produce often does not meet quality standards.
Alongkorn said such mobile vendors drive their trucks around to sell cheaper, low quality durians sourced from Thailand’s neighbours to evade official scrutiny.
He called on customers to check certified stickers affixed on the fruits to verify their origin, adding durians sold in shops are subject to quality control.
With its creamy custard-like flesh and powerful odour, the pungent-smelling fruit has surged in popularity in the world’s second-largest economy. Thailand, the world’s largest durian grower, exported more than 875,000 tonnes of the fruit to China last year.
In 2021, Thai authorities arrested a middleman who imported Vietnamese durians and labelled them as Thai products before exporting them to China.