Kampong ChhNang provincial Camcontrol officials on Monday seized nearly 2,000 kilograms of expired drinks during a raid in Kampong Chhnang city.
A Camcontrol department statement released yesterday said the officials, in collaboration with the local authorities, raided a market in Phsar Chhnang commune to check whether vendors were selling vegetables or seafood containing banned preservatives.
The statement said officials did not find any food containing preservatives but came across a total of 1,701 kilograms of packet drinks being sold past their expiry dates.
“The officials checked lifespans and found that most of the drinks had expired,” it noted. “The officials decided to seize the products to be destroyed.”
The statement said that Camcontrol officials also put up posters educating vendors about health risks posed by food containing banned chemicals.
Commune chief Poun Chhuy Eng said yesterday that vendors accepted having their products seized after officials showed them the expiry dates.
“They realised that it was their fault for selling products which had expired,” she said. “Some vendors said they did not check the dates before putting the products out for sale.”
Ms Chhuy Eng noted that the vendors promised the officials that they will not repeat the mistake.
Vendor Ven Sim admitted yesterday that he does not check products for expired dates daily.