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CCF: Enforcement activity will increase in 2023

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CCF officials inspect a fuel pump at a petrol depot in Battambang province on December 2. CCF

CCF: Enforcement activity will increase in 2023

In the first 11 months of 2022, the Consumer Protection Competition and Fraud Repression directorate-general (CCF) found nearly 1,000 non-compliant gas stations and fuel depots, while also confiscating more than 23 tonnes of defective goods containing banned chemicals or having expired use-by dates.

According to a report by the CCF obtained by The Post on December 4, in the first 11 months of 2022, the directorate-general of CCF collected over 23 tonnes of non-compliant food products from markets and warehouses across the country and slated them for destruction.

Phan Oun, director-general of the CCF, told The Post on December 4 that significant amounts of counterfeit goods are still circulating in the Cambodian markets and that non-compliant gas stations were still a source of trouble for Cambodian consumers.

“Awareness about counterfeit versus authentic goods and the rights that consumers enjoy is still limited. The people of Cambodia have a poor standard of living and are easily deceived by these rogue traders,” he said.

In order to reduce traffic of counterfeit goods that infringe on intellectual property rights, Oun claimed that the General Department of the CCF has put in place a number of action plans to increase inspections and investigations in markets, warehouses and at other locations, and intends to enforce the most stringent legal measures against all offenders.

“We will continue to raise awareness of the law with all consumers, producers and traders by all means available. We will do outreach to promote the sub-decree on the management of advertising on products, goods and services... We have to implement it fully and we will have a strong push to educate the public on this,” he said.

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