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Sixteen passengers fined for bringing meat products into Taiwan

2018/12/15 22:22:18

Photo courtesy of the Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine

Taipei, Dec. 15 (CNA) Sixteen individuals have so far been caught bringing meat products into Taiwan since heavier fines came into force on Friday, the Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine (BAPHIQ) said Saturday.

The fines were imposed in cases involving meat products from China, Malaysia, Vietnam and Thailand, BAPHIQ said.

On Saturday, two Chinese nationals and a Taiwanese flying into Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport from China were found to have Chinese ham and sausages in their carry-on bags and luggage.

Another Taiwanese national was also caught bringing pork jerky into Taiwan's outlying Matsu Island from China that same day, according to BAPHIQ.

The authorities in Kaohsiung, meanwhile, also nabbed four passengers arriving at the city's international airport bringing meat products from Southeast Asia.

Two of them were from Vietnam, one was from Malaysia and the other was Taiwanese.

In addition to the eight passengers fined the previous day, the total fines have amounted to NT$580,000 (US$18,774) in just two days, BAPHIQ said.

In line with amended Article 45-1 of the Statute for Prevention and Control of Infectious Animal Disease, fines for individuals caught smuggling meat products from African swine flu-affected countries and areas have been increased, with NT$50,000 for first-time offenders, NT$500,000 for second-time offenders and NT$1 million for repeat offenders.

(By Yang Su-min and Ko Lin)