Nearly 2,500 kilogrammes of spoiled meatballs and sausages were confiscated Sunday in Battambang province following a crackdown on smuggled meat products.
Provincial police chief Major General Ouch Sokhon said yesterday the operation, which was conducted in Kamrieng district’s Ou Da commune, was the result of collaborative efforts among the provincial police and the provincial department of consumer protection, competition and fraud prevention and the provincial court deputy prosecutor.
“The meatballs and sausages were smuggled in from Thailand by illicit traders for distribution in Battambang. Luckily, authorities were able to prevent its sale on time,” he said.
After the operation, authorities on Monday burnt the seized meat products, weighing 2,450 kilogrammes, at a landfill in Battambang city’s Slaket commune.
Maj Gen Sokhon called on illicit traders to stop smuggling spoiled meat and other food products to sell in public markets as consumption of these threaten the health and safety of the people.
Provincial health department director Voeun Bunreth said eating spoiled food will pose a serious impact on the health of the consumers.
“Even healthy foods like vegetables, fish and meat, when spoiled, are sure to threaten people’s health when consumed,” he said, as he called on the people to be more discerning with the food they consume to prevent any incidence of food poisoning and avoid the corresponding medical expenditure.
In April, joint committees burnt and destroyed two containers of spoiled and smuggled pig intestines, weighing nearly 33 tonnes, confiscated from Kandal province’s Kien Svay district.
“The products were spoiled and bore no legal documentation to confirm their quality. We also found about 10 kilogrammes of duck heads and chicken wings packaged in small plastic bags,” Ou Manrin, director of the Kandal provincial department of consumer protection, competition and fraud prevention, said at the time.
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