Food Safety a concern for Cambodia

Globally, one out of 10 people fall sick every year from eating contaminated food, with the African and Southeast Asian regions having the highest incidence and highest death rates, including among children under the age of five years.

Although there is no study on the impact of consuming unsafe food in Cambodia, the public has become increasingly concerned about the food they eat.Incidents of people getting ill after eating unsafe food have frequently been posted and shared on social media. In 2016 alone there were about 1,000 reported cases of food poisoning throughout the country.

In the same year the Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office (FSVO) tested vegetables and spices imported into Switzerland from Asia and found that 53 percent of imported vegetables from Vietnam and Cambodia have unacceptable levels of pesticides or contained traces of banned weed killers.

Dealing with the unsafe food is a real challenge for Cambodia. The long-awaited law on food safety has yet to be passed. Now the country relies on inter-ministerial prakas to regulate its food and beverage industry, the enforcement of which has been lacking.

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