In a bid to reassure export markets, officials from the livestock department of the Thai government have conducted tests that appear to prove that the meat from chickens fed on GM feed is not tainted with any genetically modified residue. The chicken export industry is worth at least 20bn baht a year in Thailand, leaving the director-general of the department, Rapeepong Wongdee, anxious to establish a Thai position on the issue of genetic modification. This export revenue may well find itself compromised as global trends demand specific GM labelling, consumer concern on GM grows and foreign buyers note the fact the 70% of Thailand's imported soybean meal derives from the US, which grows copious amounts of modified maize and soybean.