The Counter Counterfeit Committee yesterday destroyed more than 80 tonnes of cosmetics seized over the past two years.
Interior Minister Sar Kheng drove an excavator to destroy the fake products in Dangoa district’s Choeung Ek commune, where he urged the public to join the fight against counterfeit products.
“We have destroyed 81 tonnes, the most Cambodia has ever disposed of,” said Meach Sophanna, chairman of Counter Counterfeit Committee. “After we examined these cosmetic products there was no technical standards and some chemicals in them caused harm to the health of consumers.”
“We can say that the street value is about $5 to $6 million,” he added.
Mr Kheng said the work of the committee was essential to the well-being of consumers.
“The committee should also crackdown on beverages and medicine as well as cosmetics,” Mr Kheng said.
Mr Kheng then instructed company officials who spot fake products of theirs being hawked to contact the Interior Ministry and warned police not to collude with vendors selling the products.
“Our police officials, don’t collude with bad sellers on fake products,” Mr Kheng said. “If you are caught, you will lose your job.”