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US rice 'quarantine' debunked

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The Commerce Ministry on Friday dismissed a report that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had ordered close inspections of Thai rice imports at US ports for possible health risk from fumigation. 

Vatchari Vimooktayon, the ministry's permanent secretary, said the report was untrue and that Thai rice met international safety standards.

Thai Rath, the country's largest-selling newspaper, was the first to carry the report that the US FDA had ordered "every port" in the US to quarantine rice from Thailand.

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