Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Officials told to disseminate SOPs for markets in Kingdom

Officials told to disseminate SOPs for markets in Kingdom

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Phan Oun, director of the Consumer Protection and Fraud Repression Department (CCF) in a meeting on Tuesday. CCF

Officials told to disseminate SOPs for markets in Kingdom

The Ministry of Commerce’s General Directorate of Consumer Protection, Competition and Fraud Repression (CCF) has instructed its officials throughout the country to disseminate standard operating procedures (SOPs) for markets, especially rules regarding foods imported from abroad that may pose a risk to public health.

On May 17, CCF director-general Phan Oun chaired a virtual meeting to discuss capacity building for law enforcement officers and the continuation of efforts to educate consumers and businesses about laws related to commerce.

“In the meeting, we instructed CCF officials about SOPs to check goods in markets and SOPs to control imports from abroad such as vegetables, fish, meat and other groceries which pose a high risk to the public,” he said.

According to Oun, CCF officials will engage in regular surveillance and use that intelligence to identify goods that pose a risk and find out the source of these imports and then take further action by requesting cooperation from the General Department of Customs and Excise.

“We have prepared [posters] on four key programmes: food safety, consumer protection, marketplace competition and Halal food for consumers and businesses to learn about,” he said.

He added that these posters are designed with a short summary of the topic that is easy to see and understand on topics like safe food choices or alcohol poisoning.

He said they also published leaflets on the topic of illegal practices in business related to fuel for the owners of gas stations and fuel depots throughout the country so that they better understood the law and what the penalties were for breaking it.

Oun said CCF also introduced SOPs to control petroleum products and iodised salt.

CCF has prepared training courses on the procedures for officials from CCF branches via video conferencing in the near future.

“There are law enforcement officials and those who are authorised to act as judicial police officials, so the CCF leadership gives serious consideration to the strengthening of their capacity,” he said.

MOST VIEWED

  • All foreigners' accommodations to be inspected: Sar Kheng

    The Ministry of Interior is undertaking a serious effort to inspect all the accommodations of foreigners in Cambodia – except diplomats – in order to find and identify human traffickers. Minister Sar Kheng said this would include inspections on the homes of foreigners employed by businesses, private

  • Ice cream, noodles flagged over carcinogen

    The General Department of Customs and Excise of Cambodia (GDCE) has identified three types of instant noodles and ice cream trademarks originating from Thailand, Vietnam and France that are suspected to contain ethylene oxide, which poses a cancer risk to consumers. The general department has

  • Exclusive interview with Josep Borrell Fontelles, High Representative of the EU

    CAMBODIA is hosting the 55th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) and Related Meetings this week with top officials from the US, China, and Russia and other countries in the region slated to attend and to meet with face-to-face with their counterparts on the sidelines. In

  • Rise in Thai air routes to Siem Reap fuels travel hopes

    Local tourism industry players are eager for regional airline Bangkok Airways Pcl’s resumption of direct flight services between the Thai capital and Siem Reap town on August 1 – home of Cambodia’s awe-inspiring Angkor Archaeological Park – which is expected to boost the growth rate of

  • ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ meet commences, Taiwan issue possibly on table

    The 55th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) and related meetings hosted by Cambodia kicks off in Phnom Penh on August 3, with progress, challenges, and the way forward for the ASEAN Community-building on the table. Issues on Taiwan, sparked by the visit of US House Speaker

  • NBC eyes KHQR payments in Laos, Vietnam

    The National Bank of Cambodia (NBC) is working with Lao and Vietnamese authorities to expand the use of KHQR code cross-border payment systems to promote trade and investment as well as increase the scope of regional economic linkages, and in particular, facilitate remittances from overseas