Officials from Consumer Protection, Competition and Fraud Repression Directorate-General (CCF) under the Ministry of Commerce, in cooperation with New Generation School of Preah Sisowath High School, disseminated the law on food safety and relevant legal provisions to more than 400 students, teachers and food vendors on March 9.

Phan Oun, Director General of CCF, said that the presentation on the law was to give participants knowledge on the rights of consumers as well as on how they can find safe food for their daily consumption.

He said that this legal education work will enable students to understand the dangers of banned chemical substances and lack of hygiene in food which could lead to contamination with bacteria. They also learned about requirements for packaging, transporting, storing and producing food. Participants also learned the impacts of drug use on their health.

He added that dissemination of the law along with knowledge on consumer rights and the responsibilities of traders are important for promoting safety and encouraging equal competition.

Sam Kamsan, vice-principle of the New Generation School of Preah Sisowath High School said he regards this information as “really important” to making students, teachers and food vendors at the school understand food safety and relevant laws.

“I encourage all students, teachers and food sellers at the school to pay attention to the important parts of the law that the CCF experts presented in order to solve and prevent dishonesty in food selling at all schools,” he said.

Prime Minister Hun Sen on March 7 told all relevant authorities to thoroughly pay attention to food safety before permitting any food to be sold in the markets.

“Before we just ate to get our belly full. Later on we ate delicious food. But now, we have enough food to eat that is delicious and safe,” he said.