Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Raid nets fake Carabao energy-drink labels

Raid nets fake Carabao energy-drink labels

Authorities search a factory for beverage labels that infringe on copyright laws
Authorities search a factory for beverage labels that infringe on copyright laws yesterday in Meanchey district. NATIONAL POLICE

Raid nets fake Carabao energy-drink labels

Police in Phnom Penh raided a factory on Monday, collecting thousands of items of evidence linked to an alleged counterfeiting scheme producing soft drinks illegally marked with the logo of a popular regional brand.

The raid saw 4,000 boxes stamped with the buffalo skull logo of energy drink Carabao, two boxes of labels and thousands of stamped and unstamped bottles seized by police.

According to Top Chhun Long, the deputy director of the Interior Ministry’s anti-economic crime unit, the owner of the 4Stars factory in Meanchey district’s Boeung Tompun commune denied having violated copyright laws.

“He said it’s a cow’s head, not a buffalo’s head,” said Chhun Long.

The factory owner, named as 35-year-old Seng Sopheak, is currently being detained by police pending a court appearance.

The raid was launched following a complaint filed by Taing Seanghout, the company that officially produces the Thai brand in Cambodia.

“[Sopheak] confessed in the report that he admitted he had made the product without a licence,” said Eng Sakhorn, the assistant deputy director of the anti-economic crimes unit. “If the sales went well, he was going to apply for a licence in accordance with the laws governing new businesses.”

According to Sakhorn, Sopheak established the company in November 2013 but only recently began producing the fake labels, in an apparent attempt to cash in ahead of Cambodia’s Khmer New Year celebrations in mid-April.

A request for comment from the company that produces Carabao in Thailand went unanswered yesterday.

MOST VIEWED

  • Ministry issues warning over coronavirus outbreak

    The Ministry of Health on Wednesday asked the public to be on “high alert” as a new virus wreaks havoc across Asia. However, no cases have been reported in the Kingdom thus far. The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) has raised the alarm for its similarity to

  • First case of coronavirus reported in the Kingdom

    Cambodia reported its first case of the deadly 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) on Monday, Minister of Health Mam Bun Heng announced. He said medical specialists detected the virus in a Chinese tourist in Sihanoukville. The minister said Jia Jianhua, 60, travelled from Wuhan city, where the outbreak

  • PM urges precaution amid virus outbreak

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday called on all Cambodians to bump up precautions to avoid contracting the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) that has already killed more than 50 people in China. The prime minister told the public to remain calm but alert about the possibility of

  • Gov’t slams NGO over 2019 corruption report

    The government on Thursday slammed a report that described the Kingdom as highly corrupt. Government spokesperson Phay Siphan dismissed the latest Transparency International (TI) report as “just an advertisement of NGOs to promote their own interests”. Released on Thursday, the report puts Cambodia near the

  • NBC’s digital payments to go live in next few months

    The National Bank of Cambodia (NBC) will launch a Blockchain-based, peer-to-peer payment and money transfer platform in the next few months, its director-general Chea Serey told The Post on Monday. Dubbed ‘Project Bakong’, the scheme already has the support of 11 banks, with many more expected

  • Gov’t answers garment buyers’ complaint

    Some of the biggest buyers in the Kingdom’s garment sector have urged Prime Minister Hun Sen to address issues faced by unions and workers – a request a senior official said was out of touch with the situation on the ground. The letter addressed to