May 3, 2021


Cambodia bans imports of frozen meat from India


Cambodia has imposed a ban on imports of frozen meats and other frozen goods designated as "high risk" from India to contain the spread of COVID-19, The Phnom Penh Post reported.


Cambodia's General Department of Customs and Excise (GDCE) has also suspended all customs clearance for those items that have arrived at the country's customs offices or warehouses.


The country will also conduct test and research for pathogens, such as COVID-19 variants, on imported high-risk frozen products, while also cooperating with the Indian government to identify infection sources in the production, freezing, packaging, and transportation of frozen meats and other frozen goods.


Any frozen goods imported from India detected with COVID-19 will be destroyed.


The Cambodian government said there are no scientific studies or documented evidence that proves COVID-19 can be transmitted through packaging or fresh meat. The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have confirmed there is no data that connects packaging or frozen meats to COVID-19 cases.


However, some countries such as China have banned or destroyed products deemed "high risk" as a preventive measure, according to a letter by Pan Sorasa, Minister of Commerce to GDCE director-general Kun Nhem and the heads of Customs branches and offices.


- The Phnom Penh Post