US. The Customs and Border Protection (CBP) halted on Friday the attempt to smuggle a million pounds of pork from China into a port of New Jersey, leading to the largest seizure of agricultural products in American history. This follows the impact of African swine fever (ASF), which is raging in China and devastating the pig population in the world's largest pork country.
"This has been heavily orchestrated," said Stephen Maloney, the acting port of the Customs Director for the New York Harbor / Newark. He said it was a joint effort to hide a product.
More than 100 CBP agricultural specialists and K-9 teams worked to uncover the prohibited foods. The pork has been smuggled in various ways, from ramen noodle bowls to tide detergent containers, said Deputy Agricultural Specialist Basil Liakakos.
In some cases, the packaging in the consignment agreed with the products on the manifesto, the authorities said inside, pork was banned. In other cases, the pork was simply packaged between the other products.
CBP teams are working hard to keep ASF, a highly transmissible deadly swine virus, out of the US. ASF does not affect humans, but is rapidly spreading domestic pigs and wild boars. The ASF virus survives 1
Officials announced this seizure of more than 50 shipping containers during a press conference on Friday morning in a warehouse in Elizabeth, NJ. According to an article by NJ.com, three rooms were filled with packages of illegally smuggled pork products.
"Agricultural specialists have critically intercepted these banned animal products and prevented them from entering the US before they could cause serious harm," said Troy Miller, director of Customs and Border Patrol Field Operations in New York / Newark. 19659002] Once all 50 shipping containers have been inspected, the confiscated products are burned, Miller said. Currently, this is an ongoing investigation, said Anthony Bucci, a public affairs specialist, CBP, over Bloomberg.
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