No pork trade deal with Thailand
In August, Prayut had trade and regional security talks with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the highest ranking U.S. official to visit Thailand since the 2014 coup. Prayut admitted it is a trade issue item that a special committee needs to review. Prayut was responding to criticism and speculation that the Thai delegation reached an agreement for pork to be imported from the US. This is strongly opposed by Thai pig farmers and consumer protection activists. They insisted importing pork from the US is against a Thai law which has banned pork containing ractopamine for 12 years. The substance, banned in 160 countries for suspected health defects, is a feed additive to promote leanness in animals raised for their meat.
No link with disease or long-term effects ever has been proved. Some 27 countries including the US, Canada, Japan and South Korea, have declared meat from livestock fed ractopamine is safe for human consumption.