January 20, 2021


More than 1,900 pounds of illegal meat seized from New York City, US retailers in Q4 2021


The United States' Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's (APHIS) Smuggling Interdiction and Trade Compliance (SITC) programme seized and destroyed more than 1,900 pounds of prohibited pork, poultry and ruminant products from New York City-area retailers from October to December last year.


The APHIS reported these items were sourced from China, lacked required import permits and health certificates, and are therefore considered a risk of introducing diseases as well as invasive plant and animal pests into the United States. The SITC anti-smuggling efforts prevent the establishment of invasive plant and animal pests and diseases while maintaining the safety of the US' ecosystems and natural resources.


The recent efforts to safeguard US agriculture represent a continued collaboration between APHIS, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), US Customs and Border Protection, and New York City officials.


APHIS is concerned about these prohibited products as China is affected by African swine fever (ASF), Classical swine fever, Newcastle disease, foot-and-mouth disease, highly pathogenic avian influenza and swine vesicular disease.


In response to the concerns about ASF, the APHIS is working closely with other federal and state governments along with pork producers to take the necessary actions to protect the US' commercial swine population and keep the disease out of the country.


- Food Safety News

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