Authorities in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district yesterday inspected two chicken slaughterhouses in Boeng Tompon I commune following complaints over a foul smell emitting from waste discarded improperly.
Deputy district Governor Dy Roth Khemarun said authorities decided to inspect the Prak Sreymom and Long Sovanarith slaughterhouses to check if the owners were following regulations on sanitation.
“The authority has inspected these premises several times in the past and found them to be dirty,” he said. “We advised the owners to clean up their premises but they still have not done so.”
Mr Roth Khemarun noted that this time the authority warned the owners that if they did not clean up, their businesses will be shuttered.
He said that the authorities have received numerous complaints from residents that waste from the two slaughterhouses was not discarded properly.
“After receiving the new complaints, officials who visited both places found that residents are right about the smell,” Mr Roth Khemarun noted. “They also found that both slaughterhouses are operating in unhygienic conditions.”
He said that the owners were given the option of either keeping their premises clean or moving to another location where people’s lives will not be disrupted.
Seang Borin, director of the Phnom Penh agriculture department, said the owners were told to slaughter the chickens in a sanitary way and to store the meat properly.
“We do not want to shut their business because this will disrupt the meat supply in the city,” he noted. “So we have ordered them to carry out their business in a clean and sanitary way and dispose of the waste properly.”
Mr Borin said that if the owners do not follow the orders, the businesses will be shuttered and they will be forced to relocate.
In April, the Interior Ministry’s Counter Counterfeit Committee shut down a chilli sauce and soy sauce production facility in Phnom Penh’s Prek Pnov district after finding it lacked sanitary standards, registration and was suspected of using banned chemicals.