Hong Kong customs seized about 540 tonnes of suspected smuggled frozen meat with an estimated market worth of about $50 million, the authority mentioned in a press release on Friday, case of its sort up to now decade.
The meat was discovered aboard 4 suspicious fishing vessels that have been leaving Hong Kong, the customs authority mentioned in a press release. Native broadcaster RTHK mentioned the vessels have been allegedly certain for mainland China.
Meat costs in China hit a file excessive following an outbreak of African swine fever that swept by way of the nation’s pig herd. That makes meat smuggling extra worthwhile than at any time up to now.
Six males aged between 52 and 64 have been arrested, based on Hong Kong customs. However the assertion didn’t specify what meat the six males have been smuggling.
To make sure provides available in the market, China has been growing meat imports, with pork arrivals in October doubled from a yr earlier and beef arrivals up 63.2% on yr.
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