Food safety remain a major concern in Cambodia. This is due to lack of knowledge of food safety laws of Cambodia. Whenever, you ask any food vendor or processor what are the food safety laws prevailing in Cambodia that are regulated for their food business activities...mostly you would not find any answer Except " Cambodia don't have food safety Laws in place". Which is absolutely not true.
Cambodia Govt. has already a SUB-DECREE No.02 AN.Kr ON FOOD HYGIENE defines the responsibility of food owners. However, it may not be strictly enforced and information on its implication and lacks awareness to food manufacturers and food handlers.
Dealing with unsafe food is a real challenge for Cambodia. Now the country relies on inter-ministerial prakas to regulate its food and beverage industry, the enforcement of which has been lacking.
Unsafe food poses national health threats, endangering everyone. Infants, young children, pregnant women, the elderly and those with underlying illnesses are particularly vulnerable.
As per the UN Report, the draft Food Safety Law, which was going through the government regulatory process over the past three years with the assistance of the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), was returned by the Council of Ministers for revision. The Ministry of Commerce and other line ministries are working on updating the draft with respect to responsibilities of the relevant ministries and agencies. The revised draft law is expected to be completed by the end of January 2018, and will be re-submitted to the Council of Ministers for review, and the National Assembly later for approval.
Why Food Safety is Important :
Food borne pathogens can cause severe diarrhea or debilitating infections including meningitis. Food with chemical contamination can lead to acute poisoning or long-term diseases, such as cancer and long-lasting disability and even death. Therefore its become the responsibility of every one, not only Govt. to implement and adhere to the food safety principals.
These Food food safety principals comes through ISO 22000:2018 Food Safety Standards published by ISO International Standard Organisation based at Geneva. This standard is applicable to all food processors, food handlers and everyone associated with food supply chain.
Businesses engaged in Food supply chain must adopt this standard and implement to protect the health of their consumers and society.
ISO Certification Body Cambodia can Help you Implementing and Certifying your Food Safety System
ISO Certification Body Cambodia ISB-K2A is Conformity Assessment Body "CB" in Cambodia providing certifications and Training's on Food safety Management system practices and helping Cambodian Food companies , manufacturers, traders and food supply chain service providers.
To know more about food safety please visit our website: https://www.iso-certifications.com/iso-22000-2018