December 11, 2008
China's entry-exit and quarantine inspectors detained about 312 tonnes of Irish pork products across the country, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) said on Wednesday (Dec 10, 2008).
According to AQSIQ, another 93 tonnes of Irish pork products had already entered China's markets and were being recalled.
Problematic pork products are to be returned to Ireland or destroyed.
AQSIQ suspended the import of Irish pork products and animal feed on Monday after the products were suspected to be tainted with dioxin, a chemical derived from petroleum and believed to be adverse to human health.
Local entry-exit and quarantine inspectors were required to recall and return Irish pork products to Ireland already if they were made after September 1.