Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Over two-tonnes of illegal pork seized

Over two-tonnes of illegal pork seized

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Authorities seize pork illegally imported from Thailand to Banteay Meanchey province. FACEBOOK

Over two-tonnes of illegal pork seized

More than two tonnes of pork and pork-offal were seized in O’Chrov village of Poipet town and commune in Banteay Meanchey province.

The pork products were imported from Thailand without a permit, according to local police officers involved in the operation.

Poipet commune chief of police Im Sophearak told The Post that on July 12 a joint police taskforce raided a location there and confiscated a total of 2,113kg of pork and pork-offal that had been illegally imported from Thailand for distribution in the town’s market and to other markets in thethe oidr province.

“Those who imported these pork products did not have a business licence from relevant institutions,” he said.

According to Sopheara, the pork products included 28kg of pig heads, 564kg of legs, 288kg of intestines, 450kg of stomach, 115kg of heart, and 136kg of tongue along with meat and offal mixed with head meat weighing 532kg.

The goods were confiscated by customs officials and are being retained at the provincial Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

A representative of the product owner was summoned by the animal production and livestock officials for questioning.

Provincial agriculture department director Pang Vannaseth confirmed on July 13 that they are building a case file for referral to court for further action in this matter.

“The evidence was confiscated and is temporarily being stored at the office of animal production and livestock. It is scheduled for incineration because the meat and offal are damaged,” he said.

Vannaseth called on wholesalers of all kinds of livestock and meat products to register their businesses properly and refrain from attempting to sell meat products that have not been inspected for quality or safety, whether domestically produced or imported.

Doing business without a permit or certification from a professional institution is against the law, he said.

MOST VIEWED

  • WHO: Covid in Cambodia goes into new phase

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) in Cambodia said that Cambodia has reached a new phase of the pandemic with “decreasing case numbers, high vaccination coverage and a more transmissible circulating variant threatening a hidden surge”. In a press release on September 6, the WHO said that

  • Purging Sihanoukville’s past with a new masterplan

    Amid illicit activities, haphazard development and abandoned projects, the coastal city of Sihanouk province needs a reset to move forward. A new masterplan might be the answer to shake off its seemingly mucky image to become the Shenzhen of the south Gun toting, shootouts, police

  • 'Pursue your goals, reach out to me': Young diplomat tapped as envoy to South Korea

    Chring Botum Rangsay was a secretary of state at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation before being designated as the new Cambodian ambassador to South Korea. According to her official CV published on the foreign ministry’s website, she started her first government

  • International air visitor arrivals dip 93%

    The number of foreign tourists entering Cambodia through the Kingdom’s three international airports witnessed a sharp 92.5 per cent year-on-year decline in the first seven months of this year, according to the Ministry of Tourism. The airports handled 51,729 international tourists in the January-July period versus

  • School reopening ‘offers model for other sectors’

    World Health Organisation (WHO) representative to Cambodia Li Ailan said school reopening process should be used as a role model for reopening other sectors currently mothballed by the Covid-19 pandemic. Li strongly supports the government’s decision to reopen schools, saying it is a decision

  • Tourism concerns laid bare

    To ensure the success of plans to reopen the tourism market for international visitors, Cambodia must pay utmost attention to two primary determinants – the ongoing paradigm shift in domestic tourism services towards the ‘new normal’, and the factors influencing choices of destinations among foreign holidaymakers.