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Over eight tonnes of fake goods destroyed

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More than 20 kinds of counterfeit products confiscated last year being destroyed in Kampong Thom province. MAFF

Authorities in Kampong Thom province’s Kampong Svay district yesterday destroyed more than 20 types of counterfeit products weighing more than eight tonnes which were confiscated last year.

The items were destroyed during a ceremony presided over by Justice Minister Ang Vong Vathana.

Cambodian Counter Counterfeit Committee president Lieutenant General Meach Sophana said during the ceremony the 22 types of fake products included medicines, food and beverages.

“The committee has implemented the recommendation of Interior Minister Sar Kheng to step up crackdowns on all kinds of fake products which affect consumers’ health,” he said.

Lt Gen Sophana said the committee takes stringent steps to make sure all food items are safe for people to consume.

He added more than 100 tonnes of fake products, including medicines will be destroyed next month in Phnom Penh.

According to a CCCC report, crackdowns last year uncovered 60 cases of counterfeit products being sold in the Kingdom. It said the items were mainly medicines, poor quality foodstuff and cosmetics containing toxic chemicals.

Interior Minister Sar Kheng has ordered the CCCC, which comes under the ministry, to crack down harder on those caught distributing counterfeit items.

Speaking at an event last year, where 70 tonnes of fake goods were destroyed, he said that the counterfeit industry isn’t just a national issue.

“The Kingdom’s reputation is spoiled when foreigners and investors visit Cambodia and buy goods only to find out later they are fake,” Mr Kheng said. “We must find the suppliers and arrest them.”

 

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