Taipei-Three Taiwanese passengers were each fined NT$200,000 (US$6,311) Sunday for attempting to bring mooncakes containing pork from China into the country, as part of the government's ongoing efforts to stop the spread of African swine fever (ASF), Taipei Customs said Tuesday.
The three citizens, surnamed Yin (?), Peng (?) and Liu (?), were issued the fines after inspectors found 14 kilograms, 0.75 kg, and 2.04 kg of Chinese-made mooncakes with pork fillings in their luggage upon arrival at Taoyuan International Airport from China, according to Taipei Customs.
ASF is a deadly disease for pigs and there is no vaccine against it. However, it is not harmful to humans.
Since the first ASF outbreak in China was reported in August 2018, Taiwan has intensified border inspections of meat products for fear that entry of the ASF virus could cripple its high-value pig farming industry.
Visitors from ASF-affected and high-risk countries and areas who attempt to bring pork products into Taiwan are subject to a fine of NT$200,000 if they are first-time offenders, while repeat offenders face a fine of NT$1 million.
Currently, the countries in Asia listed as ASF-affected in Asia are China, Mongolia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos and North Korea.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel