CBP seizes nearly 20,000 pounds at illegal meat at Ports of LA, Long Beach

US Customs and Border Protection has seized nearly 20,000 pounds of prohibited pork, chicken, beef, and duck products from China between April 6 and June 6 at the Los Angeles/Long Beach Seaport. 

According to the agency, most of the products were mixed in boxes of electronics in an attempt to smuggle the prohibited goods.  Agricultural specialists seized 12 shipments that lacked the required USDA entry documentation.

The US pork industry remains vigilant in keeping pork products from African swine fever-affected countries out of the US as the disease can be spread through pork products.  Not only is China fighting ASF, they also have Classical swine fever, Newcastle Disease, Foot and Mouth disease, highly pathogenic avian influenza, and Swine Vesicular Disease. 

The agency says in the first five months of fiscal year 2020, the interception of prohibited meats from China at the Long Beach Seaport has increased 70 percent compared to year-ago levels.

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