US agents seize nearly 10 tonnes of illegal meat at California port

US Customs officials have intercepted prohibited pork, chicken, beef and duck product arriving from China at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
calendar icon 25 June 2020
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“Our close collaboration with our USDA strategic partners has resulted in an increased number of prohibited food products interceptions in a relatively short period of time,” said Carlos Martel, CBP director of field operations in Los Angeles. “CBP agriculture specialists remain committed and vigilant of foreign animal disease threats.”

In the first five months of fiscal year 2020, the interception of prohibited meats from China at the LA/Long Beach Seaport has increased 70 percent compared with the same period in 2019.

Aside from CBP’s work with USDA on monitoring container ships coming to the country, airline passengers bringing in prohibited items remains a top priority, even with international flights down substantially due to COVID-19. Kevin Harriger, executive director of Agriculture Programs & Trade Liaison for CBP explained this in the March 2020 edition of the Foreign Animal Disease Preparation Bulletin.

“Our close collaboration with our USDA strategic partners has resulted in an increased number of prohibited food products interceptions in a relatively short period of time,” said Carlos Martel, CBP director of field operations in Los Angeles. “CBP agriculture specialists remain committed and vigilant of foreign animal disease threats.”

In the first five months of fiscal year 2020, the interception of prohibited meats from China at the LA/Long Beach Seaport has increased 70 percent compared with the same period in 2019.

Aside from CBP’s work with USDA on monitoring container ships coming to the country, airline passengers bringing in prohibited items remains a top priority, even with international flights down substantially due to COVID-19. Kevin Harriger, executive director of Agriculture Programs & Trade Liaison for CBP explained this in the March 2020 edition of the Foreign Animal Disease Preparation Bulletin.

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