Kandal province’s department of animal health and production released four trucks carrying pigs from Vietnam after they were temporarily detained on suspicion of the swine being infected.
The trucks, headed to Kandal province’s Kien Svay district and Takeo province’s Bati district, were stopped by authorities after their licence plates did not match their transport documentation, raising authorities’ suspicion.
However the pigs were found to have the necessary health certifications by Vietnamese vets.
“So we asked them to sign a contract just to avoid any problem,” department chief Ul Dorin said.
According to the trucks’ transport documentation, the livestock belonged to produce company Angkor Sokrith Meanchey.
Chim Sok, the company’s owner, could not be reached for comment. However he was quoted as telling local media outlets that he had a valid permit from the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry as well as a health certification from Vietnamese vets for his livestock.
All four trucks were carrying between 200 and 250 pigs from Vietnam through the Banteay Chakrey border gate in Prey Veng province’s Preah Sdac district.
Health authorities in Cambodia went on high alert in March after pigs in Vietnam were reported to have been infected with salmonella, resulting in the culling of hundreds of pigs.