U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) halted attempts to smuggle one million pounds of pork from China to New Jersey on Friday, leading to the largest seizure of agricultural products in American history. This is happening on the heels of African swine fever (ASF), which rages through China and ravages the pig population in the world's largest pork-producing country.
"It was highly orchestrated," says Stephen Maloney, the current port of customs and border patrol. Director of the New York / Newark Port. He said it was a concerted effort to conceal the product.
More than 100 agricultural specialists and K-9 teams worked to detect prohibited food. Pork has been smuggled in various ways from cups to shoulder to Tide dishwashers, said Deputy Chief Agriculture Officer Vassil Liakakos.
In some cases, the packaging in the consignment corresponded to the products in the manifest, but the contents inside were forbidden pork. In other cases, pork is simply packaged among other products.
CBP teams are working hard to keep ASF, a highly transmissible, deadly virus in pigs, from the US ASF does not affect humans, but it quickly spreads to domestic swine and wild boar. The ASF virus survives 1
Officials announced this seizure of more than 50 seagoing containers at a press conference Friday morning at a warehouse in Elizabeth, New Jersey According to an article by NJ.com, three rooms were filled from wall to wall with packs of illegal contraband pork meat. products.
"Agricultural experts have criticized these forbidden animal products and stopped them from entering the United States before they are able to cause serious damage," said Troy Miller, director of customs and border operations in New York. 19659002] Having examined all 50 seaborne containers, confiscated products will be burned, Miller said. At this point, this is a continuing investigation, said Antony Buci, CBP's Public Affairs Officer for Bloomberg.
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