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Food safety draft law under study

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Officials say harmful chemicals are still being found in food within the Kingdom. KT/Chor Sokunthea

The draft Law on Food Safety is now being studied by the Council of Ministers and is expected to be approved before the end of the year, government officials said.

Tech Seak Ngon, general department of customs and excise deputy director, yesterday told a press conference at the office of the Council of Ministers that food safety is still a concern in the Kingdom and everyone must cooperate to ensure that chemicals are not used in food, including fruits and vegetables.

“The General Department of Customs and Excise is also providing its input on the draft law along with other departments of relevant ministries,” he noted. “The draft law is important to protect the health of consumers.”

Phan Oun, Camcontrol deputy director-general, yesterday said that the government is fully focused on ensuring food safety in the Kingdom and is cracking down on those who use harmful chemicals in foodstuff.

“We are constantly monitoring the marketplace for food containing banned substances and have set up mini laboratories and also mobile laboratories to carry out on the spot tests,” he said. “Contaminated food is dangerous to people’s health and I urge all vendors to cooperate with the authorities to tackle the problem.”

Mr Oun noted that Camcontrol often educates the public, including food vendors at markets and supermarkets and students, on the importance of food safety.

Heng Bun Keat, the Health Ministry’s Drugs and Food Department director, yesterday said that while efforts are being made to educate people on the dangers of using chemicals in food, it will take time for the practice to be completely stopped.

“The Health Ministry is concerned over the use of chemicals in food so we all have to join together to make sure our food is safe,” he said.

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