|. The meat, of unidentified origins, was being carried in 14 sponge boxes which had Chinese seals. — Photo Duc Duy
HA NOI (VNS) — The capital city's quarantine officers and the traffic police have seized nearly one tonne of pork breasts which were being transported to the southern provinces.
The meat was rotten and stinking, according to the officers who seized the cargo today at the crossroads of Phap Van, Hoang Mai and Ha Noi. The meat, of unidentified origins, was being carried in 14 sponge boxes which had Chinese seals.
The driver, Chu Van Khiem, 32, told the police that he had collected the meat from unknown sources for sale in the southern region. He had no documents to show for his cargo, which is now set for incineration.
The illegal transportation of undocumented animal and poultry products has become more complicated of late with traders finding new ways of smuggling them across the border for the domestic market.
The Ha Noi Veterinary Department has registered 400 such cases so far this year, and has incinerated 400 kilograms of meat and 700 kilograms of poultry.
A new decree had been issued on December 31, 2013, to increase the fines for food safety violations. The fine is now between 2 to 5 times higher than the previous one, amounting to VND100 million, or nearly US$5,000, for individuals who break the law, and VND200 million, or almost $1,000, for organisations. — VNS