The National Police’s economic crimes department, in collaboration with Camcontrol, on Wednesday seized more than seven tonnes of shrimp being transported into the capital from Vietnam.
According to a National Police report on Wednesday, police and Camcontrol cracked down on three trucks in Dangkor district which were illegally transporting the seafood from Vietnam.
Police found 376 boxes of seafood, mostly comprised of shrimps, weighing 7,520 kilograms.
“The officials found that the shrimps contained a chemical which is harmful to the people’s health,” the report said.
It added that the seized shrimps were taken to the Cherng Ek dump to be destroyed and police detained three drivers for questioning to find the owners.
Sous Sem, 48, a seafood vendor in Kandal market, today said that some customers only want to buy fresh seafood and they are now aware that some products contain preservatives.
“Some sellers use chemicals to keep their seafood fresh for a long time, but many don’t do this because it can affect people’s health,” she said.
On Wednesday, Commerce Minister Pan Sorsak also met with Camcontrol officials and urged them to strengthen food security and crack down on people distributing or selling tainted food.
He told the officials not only to seize goods but also detained those who sell them because their activity harms people‘s health.
Mr Sorsak said that it is the responsibilities of all Camcontrol officials to serve the public and private sector by strengthening food safety, protect consumers and crackdown on business activities which affect people’s health.
“As the government strengthens public service, officials must serve the people by not only seizing goods but also arresting offenders,” he said.
Mr Sorsak added that the Commerce Ministry is currently creating a law to strengthen the role of the Camcontrol General Department for it to be more efficient in promoting food safety and protecting consumers.
“When this law is approved, our officials will be more competent in preventing and cracking down on unsafe food and contribute to the country’s development,” he said.
Last year, Camcontrol officials destroyed more than 63 tonnes of sub-standard products. The goods included sub-standard spices, meat, desserts, pickles, vegetables, fruits and beverages.