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300 kg of smuggled poultry seized

Update: February, 13/2014 - 15:03
More than 300 kilogrammes of smuggled poultry were seized yesterday while they were being transported from China to Cao Bang city.— Photo anninhthudo

CAO BANG (VNS) — More than 300 kilogrammes of smuggled poultry were seized yesterday while they were being transported from China to Cao Bang city.

Two persons, Nong Van Bang and Lam Van Quyen, both residents of Tra Linh District in Cao Bang Province, were detained.

They said the poultry was being smuggled from China because of the cheaper prices there, and transported to Cao Bang on motorbikes.

They were fined VND3 million each ($150) and the poultry was sent over to the authorities to be destroyed.

Vietnam has asked cities and provinces to intensify measures to prevent and fight infections by H7N9 and other bird flu strains. There were two H5N1 deaths in January but no H7N9 cases have been reported so far, according to the Health Ministry. — VNS

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