Crackdown targets fake food

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A vendor sells vegetables at a market. Officials want to end the use of harmful food preservatives. KT/Fabien Mouret

Interior Ministry officials have vowed to crackdown on all kinds of counterfeit products in the country, singling out fake and tainted food as a particular risk to consumer health.

In Bora, chief of the ministry’s central judicial department, told a police training session yesterday that counterfeits seriously affect peoples’ health and cause losses to the national economy.

Some products were imported from neighbouring countries, he said, while others were illegally manufactured here.

Mr Bora continued that some local products sold at markets, such as Prahok, fish paste, meatballs and chicken meat, contain dangerously high levels of chemicals in order to prolong shelf life.

“Officers must eliminate fake products imported from abroad and made locally,” he said.

The training session was sponsored by the French International Operations Department.

Guillerm Michael, a representative of the department, said the French government would continue to cooperate with Cambodian authorities to eliminate fake products, which are often exported.

“Counterfeit products cause significant loss of income, harm public health, and threaten the economy,” he said.

In an operation to check goods being sold at markets in Phnom Penh’s Chhbar Ampov district yesterday, CamControl officers found 10 kilograms of fish balls containing the banned chemical substance Borax.

A CamControl officer who asked not to be named said the fish balls were imported by vendors from Neak Loeung market in Prey Veng province. After the seizure, officers impounded the fish balls to be destroyed at a later date.

“Vendors, distributors, wholesalers, retailers and importers, please make sure you have a clear source for your products and stop the addition of prohibited chemicals that affect the health of consumers,” the officer said.

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