Military police in Banteay Meanchey province’s Poipet city and provincial Camcontrol officials on Friday destroyed bad quality chicken smuggled across the border from Thailand.
On Friday, authorities cracked down on the smuggling of chicken meat across the border and arrested one person, who was sent to court.
Lak Phy, spokesman for the provincial military police, said hundreds of kilograms of chicken meat was seized.
“Our military police officers cooperated with Poipet military police along with provincial Camcontrol officials to check a van smuggling chicken from Thailand,” he said.
Mr Phy said that after the crackdown, the meat was burned.
Noun Ninaro, Poipet city military police commander, said that when the minivan crossed the border, forces were suspicious and conducted a search.
“We seized 18 plastic bags of chicken meat equal to 360 kilograms along with one minivan, and one suspect was arrested,” he said.
Mr Ninaro identified the suspect as Din Chana, 46, from Battambang province, where he was likely heading with the meat.
San Vichea Saravuth, director of provincial Camcontrol department, could not be reached for comment.
According to a report from Camcontrol, authorities seized various chicken parts, including legs and wings.
Banteay Meanchey provincial court spokesman Sok Keo Bandith declined to comment.
The Health Ministry has in the past warned consumers over poor-quality food or chemical-laced products that could cause ill health effects such as cancer and inflammation of the stomach, intestines, kidneys and liver.
“Please pay attention to your health, you must buy food at hygienic places,” the ministry said. “Do not buy food you suspect has been adulterated by chemicals to look fresh. Do not buy food that is cheaper than normal because of its poor quality.”