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NEWS UPDATES Asean Affairs     31 October  2011

Thailand gets eggs
Three million eggs imported from Malaysia will be available at markets today at controlled prices to ease domestic supply shortages caused by flood-induced panic buying.
Some retailers were selling eggs at inflated prices as high as 8 baht apiece.

Deputy Prime Minister and Commerce Minister Kittiratt Na-Ranong said domestic egg supplies have fallen because of a reduction in the number of hens during the flood disaster. The shortages have been compounded by flood-induced panic buying and by logistics problems caused by floods.

However, the Commerce Ministry has approved imports of eggs and the first shipment of 3 million eggs from Malaysia will arrive in Thailand today, Mr Kittiratt said.

It was necessary to import essential goods to meet overwhelming domestic demand under unusual circumstances. The imported goods were safe and passed quality checks.

However, Anek Boonnoon, executive vice-president of Charoen Pokphand Foods (CPF), said some have raised concerns that imported eggs may be tainted with epidemic diseases as the government had rushed to allow them in without checking the egg farms.

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