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181 fined for smuggling meat from China since September

2018/10/15 22:07:25

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

Taipei, Oct. 15 (CNA) A total of 181 people have been fined since September for trying to bring meat products into Taiwan from China, with 25 given the maximum fine of NT$15,000 (US$486), the Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine said Monday.

China has reported 37 outbreaks of African swine fever in nine provinces, regions and cities and the disease continues to spread, the bureau said in a statement.

Last week, six passengers were caught trying to carry raw pork from China into Taiwan through airports and all were given the maximum fine.

According to bureau statistics, the 181 cases were reported between Sept. 1 and Oct. 14.

To prevent the spread of African swine fever, the bureau is cracking down on travelers smuggling pork products from countries affected by African swine fever and foot-and-mouth disease, including China, South Korea and some Southeast Asian countries.

In related news, Taisugar, which runs the largest pig farming business in Taiwan, held a training session Monday for its employees on swine disease prevention and control.

(By Wu Hsin-yun and Evelyn Kao)
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