Royal Government Introduces New Snack to Children

The Royal Government of Cambodia in collaboration with UNICEF and other development partners introduced Num Trey, new fish-based food products, to the public especially children, said a joint press release AKP received this morning.

Num Trey (fish snack in Khmer) was designed using locally available ingredients through collaboration between the Cambodian Department of Fisheries Post-harvest Technologies and Quality Control (DFPTQ) of the Fisheries Administration, UNICEF and Institut de Recherche pour le Developpement , France. It has been produced by Vissot Co., Ltd., a company certified by the Ministry of Health to produce micronutrient-enriched local food products.

Ms. Debora Comini, UNICEF Representative to Cambodia, expressed welcome to this new product. “Good nutrition at the start of a child’s life from conception until he or she reaches 2 years old sets a solid foundation for the child’s healthy growth and their intellectual and physical development. Improving nutrition among children will yield long-lasting benefits, including economic benefits, not only for the children themselves but for the entire society,” she said.

This is a significant support to the initiative to treat all those severely acutely malnourished children in many hospitals across the country,” said H.E. Prof. Eng Hout, Secretary of State, Ministry of Health.

“Over five years, the procurement of therapeutic products could represent a lion’s share of cost for severe acute malnutrition treatment and it is essential to find a local and more accessible solution to treat those children,” he added.

Malnutrition in Cambodia disproportionately affects disadvantaged and marginalised families, underlined H.E. Prof. Eng Hout, pointing out that children from the poorest families are four times less likely to receive a minimum acceptable diet than children from the wealthiest families and children living in rural areas are two times less likely to do so than those living in urban areas.

Num Trey is packaged in the form of a wafer that is commonly produced and eaten in Cambodia, thereby making it more appealing and palatable to consumers. In addition, coconut powder is added to improve the smell and taste.

Malnutrition among children is still prominent in Cambodia, with 32 percent of under-five children stunted (when a child is too short for his or her age); 10 percent acutely malnourished; and 24 percent underweight. Malnutrition causes approximately 4,500 child deaths annually, which accounts for roughly one third of all child deaths in Cambodia.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press