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Fake goods add up to 200 tonnes

Khuon Narim / Khmer Times Share:
Counter-counterfeit chairman Meach Sophanna at the training session yesterday. KT/Mai Vireak

The Interior Ministry’s counter-counterfeit committee has seized about 200 tonnes of fake products poised to circulate on the Cambodian market since January.

Committee chairman Meach Sophanna gave the figure to the press while training officials on identification and investigation of fake products.

Officials have seized cosmetics, medicine and beverages that had non-standard packaging and unknown sources of manufacture.

“We are waiting on a decision from the court to destroy it all,” Mr Sophanna said.

He said trainees would learn how to identify fake products, how to investigate cases, and prevention to protect public health. Identifying fakes would also protect the interests of investors and manufacturers and ensure fair competition.

Consumers can recognise fake products from basic information such as the date of manufacture and sources of goods, and especially from improper and non-standard packaging, he said.

“This is basic information that we can see with our own eyes,” Mr Sophanna said.

The committee is discussing ways to disseminate information on fake goods by putting up signs to help the public identify products easily.

He urged the public to join together to fight against counterfeit products that can be harmful to the health of people.

Sar Mora, president of the Cambodian Food and Service Worker’s Federation, said he appreciated officials’ seizure of counterfeit products.

Mr Mora said fake products of low quality still flowed into the market because of a lack of law enforcement and corrupt businessmen.

“We have seen that law enforcement is not enough without serious penalties for the perpetrator,” Mr Mora said.

“Some perpetrators are rich and have power and they are never jailed,” he added.

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