Two leading ministries in Cambodia, namely the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF), and the Ministry of Commerce (MOC) have released a joint statement outlining penalties for anyone found to have breached the Law on Food Safety which prohibits the consumption of expired food, alcohol and tobacco products, food of indeterminate origin, energy drinks, sugary beverages, coffee, ice cream, syrup, chocolate, candy and all forms of chewing gum, as well as all kinds of jellies, donuts, sweet cakes, and sweet-dried canned fruits.
In the country, many schools have already educated the students on the health risks associated with energy and sugary drinks, and processed foods and they are prohibited to be consumed in the school compound.
The MOC will be responsible for imposing fines ranging from 500,000 (US$122) to 20 million (US$4,876) riel on illegal consumption of such products which will become part of the state revenue.
In a parallel move, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport has also issued a new policy prohibiting the sale of certain types of food within educational establishments.
Various schools in Cambodia are already actively implementing the prohibition as part of their aim to encourage healthier eating habits of students from a young age.