Pepsi Cleared After Inspection

The Ministry of Commerce says its inspectors found no food safety or hygiene problems at a Pepsi-Cola bottling plant accused of distributing bottles of soda containing dirt and bugs.

Camcontrol, an inspection agen­cy for the ministry, reported that the Angkor Beverage Com­pany plant on Norodom Boule­vard met all standards for production.

When asked for an update on the investigation, Teh Seng, general manager of Angkor Bever­age Company Ltd, released a letter he had from Ministry of Com­merce Secre­tary of  State Sok Siphana.

“Camcontrol has stated that both Pepsi-Cola International and Angkor Beverage Company has cooperated fully with Camcontrol, welcoming the inspectors into the plant during the course of the investigation,” the letter states.

“The Ministry’s inquiries in­volved a complete audit of all production processes, including manufacturing, processing, transportation, goods, warehouses, and a comprehensive interview of all production staff including the plant manager, quality control and line personnel.

“Camcontrol are satisfied that Angkor Beverage Company’s op­er­ation is committed to producing high-quality product, and meets all regulatory and legislative requirements with regards to food safety and hygiene,” the letter states.

The investigation started after vendors and consumers complained about foreign substances in their soft drinks. One vendor brought samples to The Cambo­dia Daily that had particles suspended in the liquid. The letter to Angkor Beverage stated that the Ministry of Commerce re­ceived no direct complaints from consumers or vendors, and thus considered the complaints unsubstantiated.

On Sept 8, an Angkor Beverage spokesman called the contamination “an unfortunate incident” caused because “some Cambodian employees didn’t pay enough attention.” But he said there was no health risk.



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