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Eight passengers fined for bringing meat products into Taiwan

2018/12/14 21:27:13

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

Taipei, Dec. 14 (CNA) Eight individuals were caught bringing meat products into Taiwan at Taoyuan airport Friday after heavy fines came into force earlier in the day, according to the Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine (BAPHIQ).

As of 4:00 p.m., eight fines had been imposed in cases involving meat products from China, Vietnam and Japan, totaling NT$280,000 (US$9,090), BAPHIQ said.

The law was amended to impose heavier fines on individuals caught bringing in meat products and the new fines took effect at midnight Thursday as part of government efforts to prevent African swine fever (ASF) entering Taiwan at a time when the epidemic is spreading fast in China.

In line with amended Article 45-1 of the Statute for Prevention and Control of Infectious Animal Disease, fines on individuals caught bringing in meat products from ASF-affected countries and areas was increased on Friday, with NT$50,000 for first-time offenders, NT$500,000 for second-time offenders and NT$1 million for repeat offenders, according to the BAPHIQ.

Passengers found to have brought in meat products from countries and areas with foot and mouth disease or highly pathogenic avian influenza can be fined NT$30,000 for a first-time offense, NT$300,000 for a second offense and NT$1 million for multiple offenses, BAPHIQ said.

Under the new regulations, four passengers were fined NT$30,000 and NT$50,000 after being caught with meat products from China and Hong Kong at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport Friday, Taipei Customs officers said.

Three passengers -- a Taiwanese surnamed Chan (詹) and two Chinese nationals identified as Li (李) and Dai (代) -- flying into Taiwan from China were found to have Chinese ham and sausages in their carry-on bags and luggage, the officers said.

Chan was fined NT$50,000 and the Chinese nationals NT$30,000, they noted.

Another Taiwanese passenger surnamed Luo (羅) was found to be carrying bacon from Hong Kong at Taoyuan airport, for which he was fined NT$50,000.

(By Chiu Chun-chin and Flor Wang)