Overview of the different labeling and marking requirements, including any restrictive advertising or labeling practices and where to get more information.
Labeling is required on all processed food, healthcare, and cosmetic products, imported or locally produced, by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Ministry of Public Health. Labels must be approved by the Thai Food and Drug Administration and affixed to imported food products. The label must bear the product name, description, net weight or volume, and manufacturing/expiration dates. The label must also identify the manufacturer or importer/distributor’s name and address and the product/label registration number. All labels must be printed in Thai except for alcoholic beverages, medical and dental products.
More information can be found on the Thai Food and Food Administration website.
Imported agricultural products must have a label in Thai-language prior to marketing. Failure to affix the label will lead to product seizure by the Thai Food and Drug Administration. The Thai FDA requires pre-approval of labels for specifically controlled foods.
Food products imported into Thailand must display the following information:
- Name and brand of the product (both generic and trade)
- Registration number
- Name and address of the manufacturer
- Name and address of the importer
- Date of manufacturing and expiration
- Net weight and volume
- Any additives used
- Health and nutritional claims (if any)
Labels for alcoholic beverages must display the percentage of alcohol content. There must also be a health warning, printed in Thai, on the label or a sticker, with specific government-approved wording. There are also regulatory requirements related to cosmetic labeling. Local agents or importers can help register a product and ensure labeling requirements are met.
Agricultural products that need to receive label approval from the Thai Food and Drug Administration (TFDA) must present a certificate of food analysis issued by the government of the country of origin or any accredited private laboratory. This certificate should be issued not more than one year before the date of the label approval application. The result of this analysis must comply with the quality or standards specified in the Ministry of Public Health’s ministerial notification. A copy of the ministerial notification can be obtained in English, free of charge, from the Food and Drug Administration, Ministry of Public Health, Royal Thai Government.
Five copies of the original label must be attached to the application, with one label attached to the product. More information can be found on the Thai Food and Drug Administration website.