June 15, 2011


Cambodia bans chicken imports from Thailand



Cambodia's Ministry of Commerce has prohibited all imports of chicken products from Thailand.


"The ministry of commerce instructs all levels of authorities along the border between Cambodia and Thailand to prohibit all imports of chicken products from Thailand, even though the products have received phyto-sanitary certificates. This is to protect the health of our nation's people," said a directive signed by the Cambodia's Minister of Commerce, Cham Prasidh.


"The ban will take effect from the signing date until there is new directive," he said.


The prohibition came after Thai officials raided chicken slaughterhouses in Nakhon Ratchasima province on June 13 and seized about eight tonnes of decomposed chicken.


The chicken slaughterhouses had soaked dead chickens in strong-smelling formalin solution before processing them as food products.


"The people who consumed formalin-contaminated food may suffer from skin irritation, an inflamed stomach, vomiting and diarrhoea; moreover, the prolonged consumption can cause damage to nervous system, sterility, and cancer," said the directive.

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