Media outlets should verify any allegations about contamination of packed rice before publishing them to avoid undermining the credibility of Thailand's rice supply, says Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.
Ms Yingluck's plea on Monday followed speculation, mostly online, that packed rice had been contaminated with chemicals used to kill bugs.
Photos like these, bolstered by both rumours and reports by online media such as Facebook, have quickly caused a drop in confidence with the quality of Thai rice. (File photo)
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