Kampot provincial police yesterday stopped a van in Angkor Chey district hiding ten cases of doctored shrimps being smuggled in from Vietnam. The driver was arrested.
Provincial police chief General Mao Chanmathurith said the shrimps were probably injected with carboxymethyl cellulose, or cellulose gum, to plump them up and increase their weight.
“The place where we stopped the van was in Angkor Chey district,” he said, noting the van came through the Prek Chark International Border Checkpoint. “We believe that the shrimp is of bad quality and was injected with jelly.”
Gen Chanmathurith said his forces have been monitoring the import of shrimps after complaints from residents.
“We have deployed our forces for supervision because we have been informed that the shrimp being smuggled in are of very bad quality,” he said. “Whenever we know about it, we have to carry out a crackdown.”
He added that the van was on its way from Vietnam to Phnom Penh to drop off the shrimp.
He added that the driver, whom he could not identify, is being held at the provincial police office for questioning.
Last month, more than 400 kilograms of doctored shrimps were confiscated and destroyed after being imported from Vietnam through the same checkpoint.
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