Sri Racha, Chonburi —
Thai Livestock Development Department officials confiscated 25 tonnes of pig and cow offal and other meat soaked in formalin from an illegal meat processing plant in the Sri Racha district yesterday, December 3rd.
The meat, potentially worth about five million baht, was discovered inside refrigerated containers and cooler tanks, according to Somchuan Ratanamungklanon, the department’s director-general. The seized products were intended for more than 60 bar-b-que shops around Chonburi.
Somchuan added he decided to raid the plant after nearby residents had complained to him about a foul smell emanating from the facility while some were concerned that the place might spread disease to the community.
Officials also found 2,300 receipts, which showed the names of customers and quantities of the meat products delivered to them. The director-general said samples of the meat products would be analyzed at the lab to determine if they contained any dangerous substances or diseases. The rest of the products would be seized.
Somchuan told the plant’s owner to produce the operating license to livestock officials within 15 days otherwise the confiscated meat would be buried or burned.