Rules that have required 20% of poultry meat exported from Thailand into the European Union (EU) to be tested for residues of banned anti-microbial substances such as nitrofurans are to be lifted.

The move will follow a decision by the EU standing committee on the food chain and animal health and ends (initially 100%) checks that were imposed in March 2002, following the detection of nitrofurans in Thai shrimp and poultry exports.

The testing requirements for shrimps were scrapped this June and lowered to 20% for poultry in July. The committee decided to end all special checks because of recent favourable laboratory results, and Thailand's guarantee of systematic pre-shipment controls.