The EU Customs and Border Service (CBP) halted the Friday attempt to smuggle a million pounds of pork from China to the New Jersey port, resulting in the largest confiscation of agricultural products in American history. It appears in the wake of African swine fever (ASF) raging in China and destroying the pig population in the world's largest pork producing country.
"It was very arranged," said Stephen Maloney, acting director of the port at New York / Newark. He said it was a joint effort to hide the product.
Over 100 agricultural specialists from CBP and K-9 teams worked on discovering forbidden food. Pork was smuggled in a variety of ways, from ramen noodles to Tide detergent containers, said deputy chief agricultural specialist Basil Liakakos.
In some cases, the package in the package matched the products from the manifest, the authorities said, but the content inside was forbidden. In other cases, pork was simply packaged among other products.
CBP teams are working hard to maintain ASF, a highly contagious, deadly swine virus, with ASF USA not affecting humans, but it is spreading fast on domestic and wild pigs. The ASF virus survives 150-180 days in fresh meat. According to the frozen meat, the virus can live forever.
Officials announced the takeover of over 50 transport containers during a press conference on Friday morning at a warehouse in Elizabeth, N.J. According to the NJ.com article, three rooms were filled from wall to wall with packets of illicitly smuggled pork products.
"Agriculture specialists have criticized these forbidden animal products and prevented them from entering the US before they could potentially cause serious damage," said Troy Miller, Director of Customs Operations and Border Protection in New York / Newark.
After examining all 50 transport containers, confiscated products will be burned, Miller said. At the moment, this is an ongoing investigation, Anthony Bucci, a CBP public affairs specialist, told Bloomberg.
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