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Cambodia is actively working to improve its Food and Feed Safety Regulatory Framework, though the system remains fragmented. Currently, six ministries have roles in food safety management, but their overlapping jurisdictions sometimes lead to uncoordinated efforts. For instance, Camcontrol, the Import-Export Inspection and Fraud Repression Directorate-General under the Ministry of Commerce, handles safety inspections for both exported and local goods, whereas the Food Safety Bureau of the Ministry of Health focuses on establishments like restaurants. This lack of clarity can hinder effective food safety management.

A new Food Safety Law, drafted with support from the FAO and enacted in June 2022, aims to standardize food hygiene and safety requirements across various ministries. This law represents a significant advancement towards aligning with international standards and enhancing consumer protection. However, it has also shuffled responsibilities among ministries, introducing new challenges.

Efforts are ongoing to finalize a comprehensive national food safety policy, spearheaded by the Ministry of Health. This policy will support the Food Safety Law by providing a strategic framework for clearer regulations and institutional roles. Additionally, Cambodia's participation in the Codex Alimentarius Commission since 1974 helps in aligning with international food standards, although there is a need to reorganize its National Codex Committee for more effective participation.

Organizations like FAO, WHO, and UNIDO, often supported by international donors, play vital roles in enhancing Cambodia's food safety capabilities. For instance, UNIDO's CAPFISH-Capture initiative focuses on the fisheries industry, aiming to meet global market standards and access the EU market with a voluntary food safety certification scheme. Overall, these efforts highlight a robust international and multi-stakeholder engagement in improving Cambodia’s food safety standards.

Laws and regulations

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