Agricultural Commodity and Food Standards

          Food safety has become a major global trend, in which people around the world are increasingly concerned of their health, especially those in the rich countries. It is also a world of free trade with no boundary where consumers have access to the same types of goods from any part of the globe. Therefore competition is intense, complex and tough.

          As countries rush to look after health of their consumers as well as to protect the well-being of their domestic producers, non-tariff measures or NTMs have been wider used on the pretext of consumer protection. Therefore agriculture commodity and food standards have played a more significant role than ever, both on the trade competition and consumer protection.

          In Thailand, the National Bureau of Agricultural Commodity and Food Standards (ACFS) was established in 2002 to be the primary agency to regulate and certify standards of agriculture commodities and foods for domestic consumers and buyers abroad. Consumers? safety is the agency?s first priority as it always keeps its standards of works on par with internationally recognized practices so that the same standards will be applied on all levels of productions from farms to tables and from imports to exports.