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Taipei issues multi-language warning against meat smuggling

2018/12/19 22:28:40

Taipei, Dec. 19 (CNA) Two Taipei City government agencies on Wednesday released a poster in five languages, warning about the penalties for bringing meat products into Taiwan from areas affected by African swine fever, as part of growing nationwide efforts to prevent the virus from entering the country.

The poster, bearing the warning in Chinese, Indonesian, Vietnamese, Thai and English, reminds travelers and Taiwan's migrant workers that the fines for meat smuggling range from NT$200,000 to NT$1 million.

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The fines were increased Tuesday by the Council of Agriculture (COA) from NT$50,000 to NT$200,000 for first-time offenders, and from NT$500,000 to NT$1 million for repeat offenders, in a bid to better protect Taiwan's pig farming industry from the ASF threat.

Taiwan has also stepped up customs inspections at its ports of entry, in light of an outbreak of ASF across 23 provinces in China, which, according to international media, had resulted in the culling of some 600,000 pigs since August.

Apart from China, other areas reportedly affected by ASF are Hong Kong, Macau, Russia and some parts of Europe.

On the Taipei City government statement, the public is advised to call 0800-039-131 to report any cases of meat from an unknown source.

Any such meat should not be put into the trash or food scrap disposal bins, according to the poster, which was released jointly by the Taipei Department of Labor, and Foreign and Disabled Labor Office.

(By William Yen)
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