An investigation is under way to find out how UHT school milk which are meant for local consumption only by students has surfaced at a department store in Cambodia’s Siem Reap township.
Agriculture Minister General Chatchai Sarikalaya on Friday confirmed an earlier press report that cartons of UHT school milk produced in Thailand and distributed free of charge for school children have been put on shelves for sale at the Asia Market department store in Siem Reap.
He said the investigating panel headed by Mr Sakchai Sriboonsue, deputy permanent secretary for agriculture, was told to complete the probe within June 10.
A reporter who visited the department store reported that the school milk in packs and cartons were displayed on shelves for sale at between 17-18 baht per carton.
A Cambodian employee of the store said that the school milk were put on display less than a week but he admitted that he didn’t know how the milk had landed at the store.
The reporter said that the expiry date shown on the milk cartons was November 8 which means that the milk was produced in May if the milk is good for six months. The milk came from Wang Namyen dairy farm cooperatives.