Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Fish device takes top design award

Fish device takes top design award

Fish device takes top design award

An ingenious cooking tool that combats anemia in Cambodia took the top prize in product design at the Cannes Lion Festival of Creativity, one of the world’s largest advertising conferences, amid a minor controversy over the devices’ creative ownership.

The Lucky Iron Fish is a small piece of iron, which, when added into a pot of boiling water for 10 minutes, allows the metal to be absorbed into water or food and provides 75 per cent of the daily iron requirement – creating a 50 per cent drop in deficiency, according to a one-year clinical study.

“My challenge was to find a way to supplement the traditional Cambodian diet of fish and rice,” explained product developer Christopher Charles in a video for the product.

Anemia is the second greatest cause of disability in Cambodia, according to an unrelated study published earlier this month, and is linked to mental and physical disability in children, hemorrhaging during childbirth, crippling headaches and lethargy.

The application for the award was submitted by Geometry Global Dubai, the marketing firm representing Lucky Iron Fish, which led to the firm being credited with its design.

They have since clarified their role.

MOST VIEWED

  • US think tank warns of China's 'ulterior motives'

    A US think tank on Tuesday warned that spreading Chinese investment in the Indo-Pacific follows a pattern of leveraging geopolitical influence at the expense of the nations receiving investment, including Cambodia. The report looks at a sample of 15 Chinese port development projects, noting that the

  • Defence Ministry denies weapons in smuggling case came from Cambodia

    After a Thai national was arrested last week for allegedly smuggling guns from Cambodia to Thailand, Cambodia's Defence Ministry has claimed the weapons seized during the arrest are not used in Cambodia, despite the fact that both types of rifle seized are commonly found in

  • More than three tonnes of ivory reportedly bound for Cambodia seized in Mozambique

    A total of 3.5 tonnes of ivory reportedly bound for Cambodia was seized by authorities in Mozambique late last week, according to the NGO Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). CITES' information was based on a report from the

  • Shipwreck found off coast of Koh Kong

    Royal Cambodian Navy researchers are working to identify a decades-old shipwreck found earlier this month off the coast of Koh Kong province. Divers found the 70-metre-long wreck on April 4 about a mile from Koh Chhlam island, according to Navy officials. Deputy Navy Commander Tea Sokha,