The General Department of Consumer Protection, Compe- tition and Fraud Prevention has summoned the owners of two facilities in Kandal province’s Ang Snuol district and in Phnom Penh’s Kamboul district to appear for legal action after it seized nearly 60,000 litres of counterfeit alcohol sanitisers at the premises.
On Thursday afternoon, the department in cooperation with officials of the Commerce Department, Anti-Economic Crime Police Department and local authorities raided the two facilities and seized 59,402 litres of methanol sanitisers.
“In case the owners of the goods don’t appear to resolve the issue on Wednesday, the General Department will take further action according to legal procedure,” the department said in a statement on Friday.
The department’s Phnom Penh branch director Heng Mealy said yesterday the owners of the two facilities had not yet appeared for legal action.
He said officials still do not know where the methanol came from and investigations are ongoing.
“The facility owners brought the methanol to be used as alcohol-based hand sanitisers for disinfection, he said. “However, methanol is poisonous and cannot be used as alcohol sanitisers as it could affect consumers’ health and endanger lives.”
Mr Mealy urged the public to be cautious when buying alcohol-based sanitisers to use as disinfection for coronavirus.
“Please buy branded alcohol-based hand sanitisers with proper labels and clearly stated sources,” he said.
According to a report by
the General Department of Consumer Protection, Competition and Fraud Prevention, since last month raids have uncovered 64,178 litres of counterfeit alcohol sanitisers.
The department has also appealed to the public, especially the wholesale and retail traders, to cooperate and learn about responsible business practices and avoid affecting the consumers’ health which could lead to legal action being taken.