Annals of Tropical Medicine and Public Health

: 2015  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 40-

Sanitation standards of a local market in a remote area in Samrong, Cambodia

Viroj Wiwanitkit, Wasana Kaewla 
 Public Health Curriculum, Surin Rajabhat University, Surin, Thailand

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Viroj Wiwanitkit
Surin Rajabhat University, Surin

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Wiwanitkit V, Kaewla W. Sanitation standards of a local market in a remote area in Samrong, Cambodia.Ann Trop Med Public Health 2015;8:40-40

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Wiwanitkit V, Kaewla W. Sanitation standards of a local market in a remote area in Samrong, Cambodia. Ann Trop Med Public Health [serial online] 2015 [cited 2020 Sep 19 ];8:40-40
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Dear Sir,

Gastrointestinal problem is a common problem in the tropical world. Food sanitation is an important preventive measure for controlling gastrointestinal diseases. The cleanliness of the place where there is selling of food is a big issue in public health. The market has to be concordant with the sanitation standards. However, the problem can be seen in several local markets in developing countries. Without sanitation, the sold food can be easily exposed to insects and air-borne microorganisms and this can lead to contamination, which can further induce gastrointestinal diseases. [1] Harrison et al. recently reported the high rate of poor sanitation in the markets of a developed country. [2] In that Viginia study, "over 42% have no food safety standards in place for the market." [2] It can imagined how much more serious the problem might be in the developing countries. Here, the authors report a field study in March 2015 in the main local market of a remote rural area, namely, Samrong in Cambodia. This area is located in the border with Thailand. There are many poor local people in this area. Using the market standards checklist, it can be seen that no food shop in this market qualifies the sanitations standards. Hence, it can reflect a big problem in this area.


The authors would like to thank the Master's degree students in Public Health Curriculum, Surin Rajabhat University who helped collect data for this field study.


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2Harrison JA, Gaskin JW, Harrison MA, Cannon JL, Boyer RR, Zehnder GW. Survey of food safety practices on small to medium-sized farms and in farmers markets. J Food Prot 2013;76:1989-93.