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Ministry warns media over fake product ads

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Information Minister Khieu Kanharith. Supplied

Media outlets should review the health and agriculture products they advertise, as exposure to unlicensed medicine and insecticides can be fatal, the Ministry of Information has warned.

“Such advertisement is against the law, and costs people money and may harm their health,” said Information Minister Khieu Kanharith on Monday.

“It may even cost their life to use products and services not properly licensed according to medical standards,” he added.

Commercials related to the medical sector must have the authorisation from the Ministry of Health and those related to insecticides must have authorisation from the Ministry of Agriculture.

“Companies selling these products have to seek approval from the competent ministries and if there is no such approval, the media outlets must not accept it for advertising,” spokesman for the Ministry of Information Ouk Kimseng said.

Mr Kimseng added that the directive covered products from a range of industries.

“I can not describe them all, because some of them are involved in health, some agricultural, and some industrial,” he said.

“Those services or products must be approved by the relevant institutions.”

“Up until now, I don’t have any examples of any media outlet or company displaying such advertisements, but this directive serves as a reminder to all media outlets to be careful, because if there is any problem, the relevant ministries will take action accordingly,” he added.

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