Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Cambodia - Ministry Urges Proper Hygiene With Food

People pray before food offered to monks in a pagoda as part of the upcoming Pchum Ben holiday. KT/Chor Sokunthea

After more than 50 monks and assistants fell ill in separate incidents in Banteay Meanchey and Kampong Cham provinces over the past month, the Ministry of Health has urged all citizens to be careful with food hygiene to avoid illness.

The Health Ministry issued guidelines last week requiring people to adhere to proper hygienic practices to avoid food poisoning caused by unsanitary conditions.

In recent days, the ministry has witnessed several incidents of food poisoning with monks over the Pchum Ben holiday caused by a lack of hygiene, poor-quality food, contamination or improper storage.

“Please everyone, watch your health and pay attention to food poisoning by using clean water. For cooking, use clean materials and cook meat well.

“For eggs and seafood, keep raw and cooked foods in different places and do not use expired foods,” said the announcement.

Minister of Health Mam Bun Heng said in the announcement that everyone – including those eating, cooking, handling or serving food – played a key role in improving food safety through proper preparation, storage and cooking.

Last week, 15 monks and one assistant at a pagoda in Banteay Meanchey province fell ill after eating food given to them by the chief monk.

Late last month, 40 monks and two assistants fell ill in Kampong Cham province after eating contaminated food.

Mom Kunthear

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