Officers from the Interior Ministry’s Anti-Economic Crime Department yesterday raided a house packaging counterfeit seasoning products in Phnom Penh’s Russey Keo district and seized 17 tonnes of the products.
The raid, coordinated by deputy prosecutor Kham Sophary, was led by the department’s director Lieutenant General Chan Vanthoeun and also involved Camcontrol officers and local authorities.
On its Facebook page, the department yesterday said that the operation netted 140 sacks of counterfeit Win Win seasoning, 47 cartons of Gold Cup seasoning, several 250-gram packets bearing the soup spatula logo, 477 sacks of seasoning that were already packaged for distribution, 32 sacks of 500-gram seasoning, two sewing machines, a packaging machine, two cut-and-wrap machines, two scales, and 93 sacks carrying the soup spatula logo weighing a total of 17 tonnes.
“After inspecting the premises and on Mr Sophary’s instructions, we decided to close the facility in the district’s Tuol Sangke II commune,” the department said. “We also took the owner, Sok Vouchlin, 41, a Cambodian national, in for questioning pending further action.”
Lt Gen Chan Vanthoeun could not be reached for comment.
District police chief Teang Chansar said the raid was held after the department got wind that the house was being used to package the fake products for distribution.
Camcontrol’s dry port deputy director Kong Vuthy said that preliminary investigations showed that all the branded seasoning products were counterfeit.
“The authorities will take the seized products for further laboratory tests,” he said. “But from what we have found so far, they are fakes which can harm the health of consumers.”