Camcontrol officers in Banteay Meanchey province on Saturday seized more than one tonne of pig innards imported from Thailand and being transported by cart into Cambodia through a border checkpoint in Poipet city.
San Vicheasaravuth, provincial Camcontrol chief, yesterday said that the pig innards were not packaged properly, but no chemical substances were found in them.
“The pig innards were transported across the border from Thailand through the Poipet International Border Checkpoint,” he said. “We seized more than 1,000 kilograms because they were not frozen and were being brought in illegally.”
Mr Vicheasaravuth said that five Camcontrol officers stopped the cart at the checkpoint, but the cart puller managed to run off.
He noted that that the pig innards were burned to protect the health of consumers.
According to a report by Camcontrol, the seized innards included pig tongues, kidneys, intestines, hearts and stomachs, weighing 1,500 kilograms, and they were improperly packaged and had cockroaches and dust on them.
Mr Vicheasaravuth said that according to the law, pig innards should be frozen while being transported and in this case they were simply packed in plastic bags.
“I tested the seized innards and they did not contain any chemicals,” he said. “We destroyed the consignment because it was transported in an unhygienic way and posed a threat to people’s health.”