Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Officials told to stamp out fake sugar



Officials told to stamp out fake sugar

Officials told to stamp out fake sugar

The Ministry of Industry and Handicrafts is urging provincial authorities to dissolve spurious palm sugar operations, after 43 sham sugar producers were shut down earlier this week.

On Tuesday, Minister Cham Prasidh ordered provincial officials to investigate and close any facility that appears to cut its Khmer palm sugar with similar substances, such as white sugar, in order to keep the industry in line with international standards.

“This action is the economic sabotage to damage the reputation of Khmer palm sugar, which is the national product and is popular among the public and abroad,” Prasidh said yesterday.

The order follows the ministry’s investigation and closure of 43 palm sugar facilities in Takeo province’s Bati district earlier this week.

Hay Ly Eang, CEO of palm sugar firm Confirel, said he believes producers who jeopardise Cambodia’s economy and consumers’ health should face tough legal measures.

“The fake sugar produced by Cambodian producers . . . heavily affects the reputation of natural palm sugar,” he said. “The action of those producers is an economic crime.”

MOST VIEWED

  • Seven positive for Covid-19, Hun Sen confirms local transmission

    Prime Minister Hun Sen announced that there has been local community transmission of Covid-19. However, he urged the people not to panic even though the Ministry of Health announced the discovery of seven new cases on Sunday. Among the victims are Chhem Savuth, the director-general

  • Phnom Penh-Sihanoukville expressway on schedule

    The construction of the more than $1.9 billion Phnom Penh-Sihanoukville Expressway has not been delayed despite the Covid-19 pandemic, with more than 26 per cent of the project completed and expected to finish in about two years, according to Ministry of Public Works and Transport secretary of

  • Over 110 garment factories close

    A government official said on November 22 that at least 110 garment factories had closed in the first nine months of the year and left more than 55,000 workers without jobs – but union leaders worry those numbers could be much higher. Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training undersecretary

  • Singapore group seeks $14M in damages from PPSP over ‘breach of contract’

    Singapore-based Asiatic Group (Holdings) Ltd is seeking a minimum of $14.4 million relief from Cambodia Securities Exchange (CSX)-listed Phnom Penh Special Economic Zone Plc (PPSP) for allegedly breaching a power plant joint venture (JV) agreement. Asiatic Group’s wholly-owned Colben System Pte Ltd and 95 per

  • PM vows to protect Hun family

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has vowed to continue his fight against opposition politicians who he said intend to smash the Hun family. Without naming the politicians but apparently referring to former leaders of the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), Hun Sen said there

  • PM confirms community transmission, calls for unity

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has called on the public to stay calm, unite and follow the Ministry of Health guidelines after the wife of a senior official tested positive for Covid-19 in the Kingdom’s first case of community transmission. The case has drawn criticism