Camcontrol officials on Tuesday seized and destroyed more than two tonnes of dead quails from a truck illegally transporting them from Vietnam into the capital.
Lieutenant General Chan Vanthoeun, director of the anti-economic crime department with the National Police, said on Tuesday that police and Camcontrol officials stopped the truck in Russey Keo district and found more than 2,500 kilograms of the dead birds inside.
“Camcontrol officials cracked down on the illegal import of dead quails from Vietnam meant for distribution in markets in our country,” he said.
Lt Gen Vanthoeun noted that after seizing the birds, they found the meat had spoiled and got permission from a Phnom Penh Municipal Court deputy prosecutor to burn the birds at the Chung Ek dump site in Dangkor district.
He added that police seized the truck and arrested the driver for questioning.
In its report, Camcontrol said that preliminary tests on the birds did not show any traces of banned chemicals but the meat was spoiled because the quails were not packaged properly.
On Sunday, more than 1.5 tons of chicken meat was seized from a truck and destroyed after police and Camcontrol officials inspected it in Phnom Penh’s Chbar Ampove district.
Authorities found bad quality chicken meat, including legs and wings, which had not been taxed for entry into the country and had not been stored properly, spiking fears that the meat could be contaminated.
Two people, the driver and his assistant, were detained for questioning before being issued fines and released.
Sin Sideth, director of Camcontrol’s laboratory department, said on Tuesday at a Food Safety Forum that officials always crack down on goods of dubious quality.
“Simultaneously, we continue to raise awareness of the importance of hygiene and using quality products among vendors, producers, importers, exporters, manufacturers and consumers,” he said.