Federal agents seize nearly 20,000 pounds at illegal meat at Ports of LA, Long Beach

Date: Monday, June 22, 2020
Source: Daily Breeze

Federal agents seized nearly 20,000 pounds of illegal meat arriving at the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex from China over the previous two months, officials said Friday, June 19.

Officials with U.S. Customs and Border Protection intercepted 19,555 pounds of prohibited pork, chicken, beef and duck products arriving from China — the largest trading partner the U.S. has — at the Ports of LA And Long Beach. Most of the animal products were mixed in boxes of headphones, door locks, kitchenware, LCD tablets, trash bags, swim fins, cell phone covers, plastic cases and household goods, Jaime Ruiz of U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a statement.

The effort was, Ruiz said, “a clear attempt to smuggle the prohibited meats.”

CBP agriculture specialists identified, examined and seized 834 total cartons across 12 shipments. The cartons lacked the required U.S. Department of Agriculture entry documentation, Ruiz said.

China is a country affected by African swine fever, classical swine fever, Newcastle disease, foot and mouth disease, highly pathogenic avian influenza and swine vesicular disease, according to the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

“Our close collaboration with our USDA strategic partners has resulted in an increased number of prohibited food products interceptions in a relatively short period of time,” said Carlos C. Martel, CBP’s director of Field Operations in Los Angeles. “CBP agriculture specialists remain committed and vigilant of foreign animal disease threats.”

 

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