The Interior Ministry’s Counter Counterfeit Committee is looking for the owner of a large factory that was found producing tainted sausage casing in Kampong Speu province.
Touch Yuthea, the committee’s deputy secretary, said 35 officers and the Kampong Speu provincial court prosecutor went to check the facility, which was suspected of having no licence, on Wednesday afternoon.
The factory was located in Thmey Ping Pong village, Damnak Raing commune, Oudong district.
Police found more than 100 tonnes of many kinds of raw materials and ingredients including pig and sheep intestines that were mixed with chemical substances.
“I questioned the person in charge of the location. The owner of this place is Ving Huy, a Phnom Penh resident,” Mr Yuthea said. “We have already issued a letter of summons for the owner to clarify his illegal activities.”
Kampong Speu provincial police chief Sam Samoun said the materials confiscated included tanks and various oils and intestines, as well as chemicals that would be produced as evidence.
“These raw materials are taken from markets in Phnom Penh and some are imported from China. The finished products end up for sale at Orussey Market and in various provinces,” he said.
Mr Samoun said the facility had neither a name nor a licence, and the products contained prohibited chemical substances, resulting in a non-sanitary site harmful to the environment.
Ministry of Health spokesman Ly Sovann said in the past that consumption of food containing chemical substances has a negative impact on health, with short-term effects including vomiting, diarrhea and stomach inflammation, and long-term effects as severe as intestine, kidney or liver cancer.