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Astronaut-Approved Poultry: CP Foods Sends Thai Chicken to Space for Ultimate Food Safety Test!

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Charoen Pokphand Foods Public Company Limited (CP Foods) is taking a remarkable leap by sending its chicken into space as part of the Thai Food – Mission to Space program. With the collaboration of Nanoracks LLC, a leading US space innovation provider, and mu Space and Advanced Technology Co., Ltd., a Southeast Asian space technology solutions manufacturer, CP Foods seeks to elevate Thai chicken safety standards to meet the stringent requirements for space-grade food—considered among the strictest worldwide.

The chicken products involved in this ambitious project will undergo rigorous certification processes to ensure compliance with uncompromising space safety standards, making them suitable for consumption by astronauts.

Should CP Foods achieve this milestone, it will be a significant accomplishment, as it will lead to global recognition and conformity with the strict Space Food Safety Standards for their chicken offerings. This effort coincides with NASA’s uncompromising food safety requirements, fostering a sense of national pride in Thailand for adhering to the highest safety standards across the globe.

Alongside this groundbreaking initiative, CP Foods will host a forum entitled “Thai Food – Mission to Space,” which will gather international experts to discuss the process of attaining space-level safety standards for Thai food. The forum aims to explore the importance of meeting space standards, the innovations revolutionizing the Thai livestock industry, and the future implications for the sector.

Esteemed speakers at the forum include former NASA astronaut Mr. Michael Massimino, former NASA food scientist Miss Vickie Kloeris, as well as distinguished individuals from scientific, medical, and livestock development sectors.

Prasit Boondoungprasert, CEO of CP Foods, stressed that this groundbreaking initiative highlights the company’s unwavering commitment to the safety of their chicken meat, positioning it among the most trusted meat brands worldwide. The pursuit of Space Food Safety Standards is anticipated to instill immense national pride in Thailand.

“At CP Foods, our utmost priority is food safety and quality. Through our collaborations with experts such as NANORACKS LLC and MU Space, we have demonstrated our readiness to showcase that Thai chicken adheres to space-level safety standards. Our chickens will undergo rigorous safety and quality checks, including meticulous inspections for residues and contaminants in accordance with NASA’s requirements,” stated CEO Prasit.

Emphasizing the importance of residue-free and safe food for astronauts, considering its long-term impact on their health, Former NASA astronaut Mr. Michael James Massimino praised CP Foods for adhering to stringent safety and nutritional standards, ensuring that CP chicken is free from antibiotics, chemical residues, and harmful pathogens.

“The Thai Food Mission to Space is a remarkable initiative. It not only ensures the well-being of astronauts with a diverse and secure diet, but also elevates global food safety standards, benefiting consumers worldwide. Moreover, it contributes to establishing Thai chicken meat as a reputable brand,” conveyed Michael.

This initiative guarantees not only safe and diverse food options for astronauts but also the food safety for consumers across the world, thereby enhancing the international reputation of Thai cuisine,” added Michael.

Having 34 years of experience working at NASA’s laboratory, Miss Vickie Kloeris, a food scientist, emphasized that scientists meticulously ensure the food consumed by astronauts meets the highest food safety standards while providing a balanced supply of vitamins and minerals. The food must be free from contamination and undergo thorough disinfection. “I am extremely impressed with the standard of chicken meat production at CP Foods. The chickens are raised without the use of antibiotics and hormones, ensuring that Thai chicken meets NASA’s food safety standards. It is truly a delight for astronauts to experience the Thai chicken menu from Thailand,” remarked Vickie enthusiastically.

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