Gov't Steps Up Inspections to Block Mooncakes with Meat|本月查獲21件違規動物產品郵包 8件含豬肉
In a two-week period this month, illegal animal products were found in 21 postal parcels, including eight cases of mooncakes containing pork.
A sniffer dog walks around the conveyor belt and sniffs packages to determine if they contain any meat products. The Mid-Autumn Festival is almost here, and many people are purchasing gifts to hand out. The Council of Agriculture and Customs Administration teamed up to step up inspections of international parcels. They are using sniffer dogs and X-ray machines to inspect packages. If any package is flagged, health inspection and quarantine personnel will open it up. If they find illegal products such as pork, they will destroy the contents.
We have intercepted 433 suspicious parcels in September alone. Our current workload is about 4.5 times what it is normally. We anticipate a substantial increase in the number of parcels that we will need to unbox and examine this week and next.
During the 2019 Mid-Autumn Festival period, the Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine confiscated 195 parcels containing illegally imported animal products, including 97 parcels containing mooncakes made with pork. This year, 21 parcels have been confiscated since the beginning of September, including eight with mooncakes containing pork. The peak period for parcels holding mooncakes containing meat and delivered by courier and post will be the next two weeks. The government will increase the number of inspectors in an effort to prevent African swine fever from entering Taiwan.
Of the number of packages that we intercepted in August and September and that were found to contain meat products, 40 percent originated from China. In August, 100 percent came from Vietnam. That's why we need to keep every single package that might contain meat outside of our borders.
The COA reminds the public that mooncakes containing ham or fresh meat can spread African swine fever, especially products containing preserved meat that haven't been cooked at high temperatures. If the products aren't consumed and are turned into kitchen waste, they could end up spreading the disease. The public is therefore urged not to purchase products containing meat from foreign sellers for delivery in Taiwan. Anyone who receives a gift containing illegal products should immediately hand it over to the BAPHIQ for destruction. Violators will be fined NT$30,000 to NT$150,000.
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