The Thailand Metropolitan Police Bureau and the Thai FDA have seized approximately 66,264 packages of the coffee from brand ‘One Fan’ worth an estimated THB 3 million (approximately 96,500 USD or 60,000 GBP as at October 2013 exchange rate) after the illegal Sildenafil substance in previous samples of their coffee reports Khaosod Online.
If tests return positive for Sildenafil, the manufacturing company could face charges for adding illegal ingredients into their food, and if convicted can lead to two years imprisonment and a fine of up to THB 20,000 fine (approximately 643 USD or 400 GBP).
This could in part be due to the thriving medical industry. An increasing amount of tourists and expats with disposable incomes are heading to Thailand for treatment which has led to more medical service suppliers setting up shop in Thailand.
Such suppliers need to recognize however that importing pharmaceuticals, or other medical, narcotic and toxic substances into Thailand first requires registration with the FDA.
The Thailand FDA application process must be followed and will differ slightly depending on the type of product that is being imported.
Generally, importers need to provide fairly comprehensive details about the company they will be instructing to import the product, plans and photos of the production facility plant and evidence to show that Thai law requirements have been met in respect of manufacturing.
Fees and the time required for filing product registration application will depend on the item being registered.
FAD applications can be complicated and timely and are a hugely administrative process, conducted solely in Thai. Consulting a law firm that is familiar with the Thai FDA registrationand its processes can help to make sure that applications are expedited and dealt with as smoothly as possible.