Cambodian woman jailed for selling dodgy milk powder

Parents awarded up to $20,000 in compensation by importer of Nutrilatt milk powder after babies fell ill.

Twenty-two Cambodian parents will be paid between US$10,000 and $20,000 each after a businesswoman sold them poor-quality milk powder that made their babies sick, ending a two-year court battle which according to one mother was full of “pain and sorrow.”

Khon Keokesey was sentenced to 10 months in prison after the Consumer Protection and Fraud Repression Department found that six batches of Nutrilatt formula milk powder were iron deficient, resulting in the infants becoming ill.

Phnom Penh Municipal Court ordered her to pay 22 parents of 24 infants the compensation, which fell short of expectations. Parents had sought between $220,000 and $300,000 but said they would accept the decision as they wanted an end to the issue.

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