Chinese pork jerky tests positive for swine virus

QUARANTINE: Two packages found in the amnesty bins at Songshan airport last month contained the African swine fever virus, while two Chinese visitors were barred

Taipei Times
Date: Feb 04, 2019
By: Lin Chia-nan  /  Staff reporter

Two Chinese pork jerky products seized at customs have tested positive for African swine

Aviation police yesterday pass a traveler’s suitcase through one of the 16 X-ray machines installed at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport’s two terminals.  Photo: CNA

fever, the Council of Agriculture said yesterday.

Tests found the two products collected from the quarantine amnesty bins at Taipei International Airport (Songshan airport) on Jan. 23 and 24 — one from Jiangsu Province and the other without a label indicating origin — had strains of the virus identical to those found in China, the council said.

The results brought the number of confiscated pork products testing positive for the disease to 20, council data showed.

Two more Chinese visitors on Saturday were denied entry into the country after failing to pay a NT$200,000 (US$6,505) fine for the illegal import of pork products, bringing the total of barred visitors since the regulation took effect on Jan. 25 to six, all Chinese, council data showed.    [FULL  STORY]

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