TAIPEI (CNA) – Two more pork products brought by travelers tested positive for African swine fever (ASF) on Thursday, bringing the number of such cases to 12 in Taiwan, according to the Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine (BAPHIQ).
The two passengers, one Chinese and one Taiwanese national, were each penalized with a fine of NT$200,000 (US$6,450), the BAPHIQ said.
The two passengers flew into Taiwan from China’s Nanjing and Harbin cities, with the former discovered to have brought in ham and the latter red sausages upon arriving at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport on Dec. 28.
Samples of their pork products were sent to the BAPHIQ for examination on Monday, and they tested positive for African swine fever, making them the 11th and 12th such cases in Taiwan since Oct. 31, 2018.
According to BAPHIQ statistics, 50 tickets for fines of NT$200,000, 89 for fines of NT$30,000 and 15 for fines of NT$10,000 have been issued to offenders who bring in meat products since Dec. 18.
Starting Dec. 18, fines were increased for people bringing in pork products as the government stepped up measures to prevent ASF from spreading to Taiwan, which has a large pork industry.
First time offenders face a fine of NT$200,000 and repeat offenders can be punished with a fine of NT$ 1 million for smuggling in pork products from ASF-affected countries and areas under the tougher penalties.
By Yang Shu-min and Flor Wang