Over 100 tonnes of il­le­gal items de­stroyed in K Speu

The Phnom Penh Post - - NATIONAL - Soth Koem­soeun

MORE than 100 tonnes of fake, ex­pired and il­le­gal prod­ucts with banned chem­i­cal sub­stances were de­stroyed on Thursday in Kam­pong Speu prov­ince on the or­ders of In­te­rior Min­is­ter Sar Kheng.

Kheng said the coun­ter­feit prod­ucts, which in­cluded food and bev­er­ages, were im­ported, mostly from the neigh­bour­ing coun­tries.

“The Min­istry of In­te­rior, and rel­e­vant min­istries and com­mit­tees, have worked closely to pre­vent, halt and crack down on coun­ter­feit goods en­ter­ing Cam­bo­dia,” he said.

Kheng was quoted on the Na­tional Po­lice’s web­site as say­ing: “If we did not take ac­tion on time, the prod­ucts would have been sold to the pub­lic.

“This not only wastes the na­tional bud­get but also se­ri­ously af­fects peo­ple’s heath as the prod­ucts are mixed with banned chem­i­cal sub­stances,” he said.

Kheng urged au­thor­i­ties at all lev­els to con­tinue their co­op­er­a­tion with na­tional of­fi­cials to pre­vent such prod­ucts from en­ter­ing the Kingdom.

Kam­pong Speu Pro­vin­cial Gov­er­nor Vey Som­nang read a re­port on a raid in Novem­ber on a small busi­ness in Oudong dis­trict’s Dom­nak Raing com­mune, where the prod­ucts were dis­cov­ered and con­fis­cated.

The owner of the small busi­ness was al­legedly Ving Huy, 38. He is said to have es­caped af­ter the crack­down. Six­teen types of food and bev­er­ages were con­fis­cated as ev­i­dence, Som­nang said.

Au­thor­i­ties had also sent the case to the Kam­pong Speu Pro­vin­cial Court, which or­dered the In­te­rior Min­istry’s Counter-Coun­ter­feit Com­mit­tee to de­stroy the prod­ucts by burn­ing and bury­ing them, he said. “The foods can cause can­cer and even death,” Som­nang said.

Meach So­phana, the In­te­rior Min­istry’s un­der­sec­re­tary of state in charge of the Com­mit­tee, said this is the third time au­thor­i­ties have de­stroyed food con­tain­ing il­licit sub­stances.

NA­TIONAL PO­LICE

Po­lice stand by boxes of seized prod­ucts be­fore they are de­stroyed in Kam­pong Speu prov­ince.

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