Food Law in Thailand

Food Law in Thailand

Foods law in Thailand defines how food is considered, classified, and its related safety prescription.

The law in subject is the Food Act, issued on May 8th, 2522. According to the Food Act, “Food means edible items and those which sustain life”.

Food includes the following:

(1) Substance can be eat, drunk, sucked or gotten in to the body either by mouth or by other means, no matter in what form, but not including medicine, psychotropic substances, narcotic under the law as the case may be.

(2) Substance intended for use or to be used as ingredients in the production or food including food additive, colouring matter and flavouring.

The integral text of law is easily available online.

After the issue of Food Law in Thailand (1979) more than 400 announcements and notifications have been released by Thai FDA and by the Ministry of Public Health. It’s all about update, new rules, and amendments that you can find listed below, by topic, or that you can download here: DOWNLOAD FOOD LAW IN THAILAND AND NOTIFICATIONS BY THAI FDA.



1. Appointment of the Board of Directors (423) 2021 Appointing a qualified member of the Food Committee.
2. Appoint a competent official (385) B.E. 2560

(396) 2019

To appoint a competent official to implement the Food Act B.E. 2522
3. Prohibited foods import or sell (263) B.E. Glucomannan or konjac root starch in a small container)
(264) BE 2545 stipulates food prohibited to produce, import or sell (all kinds of puffer fish and foods containing Pufferfish meat as an ingredient)
(310) 2551 (2008) Prohibition of production, importation or distribution of food containing other things or substances other than food in Food containers and packages
388 B.E. 2561 (2018) food that is prohibited to be produced, imported or sold (Partially hydrogenated water and food containing water it is processed by filling partial hydrogen)
(391) B.E. 2561 (2018) food that is prohibited to be produced, imported or sold (Brominated vegetable oil, salicylic acid) (salicylic acid), Boric acid (boric acid), Borax (borax), potassium chlorate. (potassium chlorate), coumarin, or 1,2-benzopyrone (1,2- benzopyrone) or 5,6-benzo-alpha-pyrone (5,6-benzo-alpha-pyrone) or sis-or Tho-coumaric acid anhydride (cis-o-coumaric acid anhydride) or ortho-hydroxy Cinnamic acid lactone (o-hydroxycinnamic acid lactone), dihydrocumarin (dihydrocoumarin) or benzodihydropyrone (benzodihydropyrone) or 3,4-dihydrocumarin (3,4-dihydrocoumarin) or hydrocoumarin (hydrocumarin) (8) Diethylene glycol or dihydroxydiethyl-ether (dihydroxydiethyl ether) or diglycol or 2,2-oxybis-ethanol (2,2-oxybisethanol) or 2,2-oxydiethanol (2,2-oxydiethanol), dulcin, or 4-ethoxyphenylurea (4-ethoxyphenylurea) or para-phenethol carbamide (para-phenetolcarbamide) , AF- 2 (AF-2) or 2-(2-furyl)-3-(5-nitro-2-furyl) Acrylamide (2-(2-furyl)-3-( 5-nitro-2- furyl) acrylamide) or furyl furamide (furylfuramide), potassium bromate (potassium bromate), formaldehyde (formaldehyde) Formaldehyde solution (formaldehyde solution) and paraformaldehyde (paraformaldehyde), substance melamine and substances in the melamine group, only cyanuric acid (cyanuric acid), and food that has been used (1)-(13) is a component
4. Food prohibited to be imported or sold (174) 1996 stipulates food that is prohibited to be imported or sold (Foods that are past the expiration date or past the recommended limit for consumption are baby food and food. Follow-up formula for infants and young children, supplementary food for infants and young children, milk Modified infant formula and modified milk follow-up formula for infants and young children, sour milk, Pasteurized cow’s milk, special purpose food)
(345) 2012 stipulates food that is prohibited to be produced, imported or sold (Food contaminated with Crynine C genetic material, Cry 9C DNA Sequence) 4.3 377 (2016, prescribing criteria and conditions for food at risk of mad cow disease)
5. Objects that are forbidden to be used in food 390 (B.E. 2561) prescribing rules, conditions and methods of use of food substances produced for sale. import for sale or sold (calcium iodate) or potassium iodate It is allowed only to adjust nutritional status related to iodine deficiency. As approved by the Food and Drug Administration, methyl alcohol (methyl alcohol) or methanol (methanol) is only permitted as a production aid. (processing aid) for food additives according to the announcement of the Ministry of Public Health, on food additives and food for export, stevia, which has the name Science that Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni and Stevia products allow It can only be used in the following cases, i.e. stevia leaves are herbal teas as announced Ministry of Public Health on herbal tea, steviol glycosides (steviol glycosides) according to the notification of the Ministry of Public Health regarding Food additives, stevia or extract from stevia used for the manufacture of steviol glycosides according to (b), stevia or its products other than stevia other than (a)-(c) as prescribed by the Food and Drug Administration Approved under the requirements of the Notification of the Ministry of Public Health, Re: Food and stevia or stevia products produced for export))
6. Containers 92 (1985) Determination of quality or standards of containers use of containers and the prohibition of objects which is a food container
(295) BE 2548

369 (2015)

The quality or standard of plastic containers
7. Label (182) 1998

(219) 2001

392 (2018)

nutrition label
(373) B.E. 2559 the display of nutrition symbols on food labels.
(367) 2014

(383) 2017

(401) 2019

(410) 2019

Food labeling on containers
394 (B.E. 2561) Food that requires nutrition labeling. and energy, sugar, sugar, fat and sodium GDP
(365) 2013  the display of the word “premium” on food labels.
(366) 2013 the display of the text “premium” on the label of fresh cow’s milk and full-fat cow’s milk pasteurized butter
(384) 2017 Gluten-Free Labeling
8. Food serial number 8.1 according to specific announcements Specifically controlled food, defined food quality or standards and the required food have a label
9. Good methodology In production (420) B.E. 2020 production methods, production tools and food storage
386 B.E. 2560 (2017) the production methods, tools and utensils for the production and storage of vegetables or some fresh fruit and labeling
10. Food standards for all kinds of food (413) B.E. 2020

(414) 2020

food standards for contaminants
(334) (371) 2015 The radioactive contaminated food standard stipulates conditions for the importation of food. There is a risk of radioactive contamination.
387 B.E. 2017

393 (2018)

(419) B.E. 2020

food with pesticide residues
(303) 2007 Food with veterinary drug residues
(268) 2003

(299) 2006

Food standards that are contaminated with certain chemicals
(269) 2003 Standard for Contaminated Foods Beta-agonist chemicals
(416) Year 2020 (Effective January 7th 2024) Food standards for pathogenic microorganisms
(376) 2016, new food (Novel food)
(424) 2021 (430) 2021 stipulates food that is prohibited to be produced, imported or sold
(428) B.E. 2021 Food Standard Containing Tetrahydrocannabinol and Substances cannabidiol
11. Specific Controlled Foods 121 (1999) 2011 (331) Food for those who want to control their weight
156 (1994)

(167) 1995

(286) 2004

(307) 2007

Modified milk for infants and modified milk of follow-up formulas for infants and young children
157 (1994)

(168) 1995

(171) 1996

(287) 2004

(308) 2007

Infant food and follow-up formulas for infants and young children
158 (1994)

(169) 1995

Supplements for infants and young children
(281) 2004

(363) 2013

(372) 2015

(381) 2016

(418) 2020

food additives
(359) 2013

(379) 2016

Cyclamate (Cancelled) Repeal of the Notification of the Ministry of Public Health (No. 359) B.E. 2556 Re: Cyclamates
(360) 2013

(380) 2016

Stevia glycosides (discontinued) Subject: Cancellation of the Notification of the Ministry of Public Health (No. 360) B.E. 2556 Re: Steviol Glycoside
(409) 2019 Enzymes for use in food production
(412) 2019 cleaning or disinfecting products used for food
(425) 2021 Hemp seeds, water, hemp seed oil Hemp Seed Protein and food products that have Composition of hemp seeds, water, hemp seed oil or protein from hemp seeds
(427) 2021 Food products containing cannabis or hemp components
(429) 2021 Food products containing cannabidiol extract as an ingredient
12. Prescribed food quality or standard (350) 2013

(406) 2019

cow’s milk
(351) 2013

(407) 2019

Flavored Milk
(352) 2013

(408) 2019

Other Milk Products
(353) 2013 sour milk
(354) 2013 Ice cream
(355) 2013, food in sealed containers
(356) 201

(402) 2019

beverages in sealed containers
83 (1984)

2011 (327)

150 (1993)  Rice with added vitamins
2011 (333) Edible salt
(195) 2000

2011 (332)

electrolyte drink
(196) 2000

(277) 2003

2011 (329)

(197) 2000

(276) 2003

2011 (330)

(198) 2000: Soy milk in sealed containers.
(199) 2000 Natural mineral water
(201) 2000 Some sauces
2010 (317)

2010 (322)

(404) 2019

Seasoning products obtained from soy protein digestion.
(203) 2000

2010 (323)

(403) 2019

fish sauce
(204) 2000 B.E. Nam Som Sai Chu
(421) 2021 Oil and fat
(422) 2021 Fish oil
(206) 2000 B.E. Butter
(348) 2000 Margarine, blended butter, margarine products and mixed butter products
(208) 2000 B.E. Cream
(209) 2000 B.E. Cheese
(210) 2000 Semi-finished food
(211) 2000 Na Phung
(213) 2000 Jam, jellies and marmalade in sealed containers.
(226) 2001 B.E. Butter
(227) 2001 B.E. Preserved eggs
(236) 2001 B.E. Eggs Stomach
(314) 2009 Liquor
(426) 2021 Tea from plants
(283) 2004 the amount of polar substances in water It is used for frying or cooking for sale.
61 (1981)

135 (1991)

(220) 2001

(256) 2002

(284) 2004

(316) 2010

Consumed water in sealed containers
78 (1984)

137 (1991)

(285) 2004

Na hard
 (293) 2005

(309) 2007

(405) 2019

(411) 2019

dietary supplement
(294) 2005 Royal Jelly and Royal Jelly Products
2010 (324) Water, salt for cooking
13. Food that must be labeled 44 (1980) Food in Sealed Containers (Repealed)
100 (1986) Labeling of ready-made agar and jelly snacks
2010 (325) Irradiated food
(200) 2000: Sauces in sealed containers.
(223) 2001, flavoring agents
(224) 2001 B.E.

(228) 2001

Chewing gum and candy
(237) 2001 Labeling of ready-to-cook and ready-to-cook food ready for immediate consumption
(238) 2001

(357) 2013

Food has a special purpose* Special Purpose Food (No. 2)
(243) 2001 Meat products
(251) 2002 Food labeling obtained from genetic modification or genetic engineering techniques
(376) 2016 new food (Novel food)
14. Other (229) B.E. 2544 repeal of the Announcement (No. 162) B.E. 1995 (Cancel the request for notification of certain foods imported for sale, such as vegetables-fruits fresh or frozen whole fruit without processing)
(232) B.E. 2544: Repeal of Announcement No. 14 (1979) (Remaining water from Mono production sodium glutamate or water BX)
(259) 2002 The use of methanol as a substance in some types of processing aid
2010 (326) Food included in containers
2011 (339)

(346) 2012

The use of probiotic microorganisms in food

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Food Law in Thailand
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Food Law in Thailand
Foods law in Thailand defines how food is considered, classified, and its related safety prescription. The law in subject is the Food Act, issued on May 8th, 2522. According to the Food Act, “Food means edible items and those which sustain life"
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