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Customs officials seize, destroy animal products

STAFF WRITER, WITH CNA

Quarantine officials working in collaboration with customs inspectors seized undeclared animal products carried by three inbound passengers from China on Thursday, the Council of Agriculture’s Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine said.

The products, including 3.3kg of ham, 16.4kg of duck meat, 1kg of pork meatballs and 1kg of yanpi — a traditional Chinese snack made from pork and sweet potato starch — were illegally imported and destroyed on the spot, officials said.

The officials said China was listed for several diseases and pests, including foot-and-mouth disease, rabies, high-pathology bird flu virus H5N1, apple codling moth and guava fruit flies.

The bureau urged inbound passengers not to carry animal or plant products, but if they do, they can dispose of them in quarantine bins in the airport terminal or apply for quarantine inspections. If they fail to do so, they will face fines of between NT$3,000 and NT$15,000 (US$90 and US$450) or criminal prosecution.

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