U.S. Customs and border control seized about £ 1 million pork at Newark Port or Friday access, in which authorities call the largest agricultural bust in US history.
The line was made to combat the spread of African swine fever, a contagious disease that has killed more than 1 million pigs in China. The virus has not yet been seen in the United States, but is rapidly spreading to livestock. According to customs and border protection it would cause serious damage to the American pork industry. The good news is that the virus does not affect humans.
"Agricultural specialists critically intercepted these banned animal products and stopped them from entering the US before they could potentially cause serious damage," said Troy Miller, head of customs and Border Protection Field Operations, told NJ.com
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Miller said it would cause nearly $ 10 billion damage to the American pork industry within a year.
According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, the outbreak China has already spread to Vietnam, where 79 outbreaks have been confirmed.
"Agricultural specialists made a critical interception of these banned animal products and stopped them from entering the United States before they could potentially cause serious damage," Troy Miller said. Head of Customs and Border Protection Operations, at NJ.com
During a press conference on Friday, Ficials announced that they eslag tagged more than 50 shipping containers filled with illegally smuggled pork products in a store in Elizabeth. Agricultural specialists and inspectors are still going through the boxes, and when the Ministry of Agriculture examines all 50 containers, they plan to burn illegal pork joints, Miller said at the press conference.
Custom and border protection procured more than 100 agricultural specialists and dogs from the Department of Agriculture to reveal illegally smuggled products hidden in the frame of noodle bowls and tide detergents, Deputy Farmer Specialist Basil Liakakos told NJ.com.
The authorities said that the packaging was sometimes lined with what was on the manifesto but contained illegal pork. In other cases, it was hidden in other products.
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" This was very orchestrated, it was a damned effort to hide here to get this product in, "says Stephen Maloney, customs and the border patrol's working harbor manager for New York / Newark port.
The World Organization for Animal Health says that there is no approved vaccine for African swine fever and mortality is as high as 100 percent in acute forms of the virus.
Prices on the pig market in Chicago has increased because they think this will lead to more US pork imports, Bloomberg reported.
The US Department of Agriculture says the investigation is ongoing for those involved.