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Doctored shrimps destroyed

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About 400 kilograms of shrimps were yesterday confiscated and destroyed after being imported from Vietnam through Kampot’s Prek Chak International Border Checkpoint. 
 
Sar Sorin, chief of the provincial Fisheries Administration, said his officials and military police had detained a car containing seafood including crabs, octopus and 21 cases of shrimp from Vietnam on Wednesday.  
 
Checks from CamControl officials found the shrimps had been injected with carboxymethyl cellulose, or cellulose gum, to plump them up and increase their weight.   
 
“After being injected, the shrimps’ weight increases by about 20 percent,” he said, adding the chemical could cause vomiting, diarrhoea and headaches to those who cooked with or consumed it.
 
Mr Sorin said the rest of the seafood was uncontaminated and given back to the owner. 
 
Provincial deputy prosecutor Khay Samphos said he ordered the relevant authorities to destroy the shrimps and take legal action against the owner. 

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