Police and customs and excise officials on Wednesday raided a warehouse stocking palm sugar for distribution and confiscated about 40 tons of palm sugar they suspect was tainted with chemicals, police said.
The location producing palm sugar in Derm Mak Klue village in Chbar Ampov 1 commune, Chbar Ampov district, was suspended temporarily by officers and coalition forces after suspicions that the palm sugar contained illegal chemical substances which were found at the location. Officials said the palm sugar had not been made in compliance with the law.
The Interior Ministry’s department of Anti-Economic Crime deputy director Khan Phally told Khmer Times that the inspection took place after suspicions that the facility had made palm sugar without following the legal norms.
However, he declined to go into detail in the case, saying that police were questioning the owner and taking evidence to test.
“We are still working and have not yet finished,” he said. “We have temporarily closed the location. Let us work on the case first.”
On December 12, 2017, Industry and Handicrafts Minister Cham Prasidh also issued a notice ordering subordinates across the country to immediately and effectively eliminate facilities producing counterfeit palm sugar after experts found some palm sugar made from white sugar or other kinds of sweetener.
Mr Prasidh said: “This activity is an economic crime to destroy the reputation of Khmer palm sugar, which is a national product and is being publicly recognised both inside and outside the country.”
Full story in Thursday’s paper.