The Interior Ministry’s anti-economic crime department yesterday destroyed more than 11 tonnes of mixed counterfeit goods and cosmetics that had been seized in the past.
Lieutenant General Chan Vanthoeun, director of the anti-economic crime department, presided over a ceremony yesterday to burn the counterfeit goods at a garbage dump in Phnom Penh’s Dangkao district.
Other participants in the ceremony included the deputy prosecutor of Phnom Penh Municipal Court, representatives of the government’s import-export inspection unit Camcontrol, the Institute of Standards of Cambodia and local authorities.
“There were six types of counterfeit goods and more than 11 tonnes were burned,” Mr Vanthoeun said, adding the goods had been seized previously and included medical products, cosmetics, soft drinks and alcohol.
Mr Vanthoeun said the Counter Counterfeit Committee has destroyed counterfeit products on 25 occasions.
The destroyed goods included expired products, counterfeit products, products without a licence, cosmetics containing illegal chemical substances, counterfeit medicine, animal food and more.
“The anti-economic crime department will continue to cooperate with relevant units to crack down on all economic crimes,” Mr Vanthoeun noted.
Loeung Ratha, deputy director general of Camcontrol, said about 52 tonnes of counterfeit goods were seized along the border of Cambodia and neighbouring countries in 2017, and more than 26 tonnes were seized from markets in Cambodia.
“In just over two months of 2018, we have cracked down on more than four tonnes of counterfeit food products,” he said.
Mr Ratha added Camcontrol would work hard to find counterfeit food and beverages. He encouraged people to cooperate with authorities if they came across such cases.
“Most of the counterfeit goods we seize come from eastern and western Cambodia,” he noted.
Lieutenant General Huor Lay, deputy director of the Interior Ministry’s central justice department, said the government paid attention to issues affecting people’s heath because productivity increased when people were healthy.
“The central justice department and National Police support all authorities, especially forces from the anti-economic crime department, to keep fighting against crimes involving counterfeit goods,” he said.