Illegal Thai pork imports face NT$200,000 fine


By Yang Yuan-ting and Kayleigh Madjar, Taipei Times (Taiwan)

Jan 13, 2022


Those bringing pork products into the country from Thailand are to face a fine of at least NT$200,000 (US$7,229), after the country on Tuesday declared its first case of African swine fever.


Starting immediately, offenders are to be fined NT$200,000 for the first offense and NT$1 million for repeat offenses, the Central Emergency Operation Center said on Tuesday.


Foreign nationals who cannot pay the fine would be denied entry and deported, the agency added.


The tightened restrictions were announced after the Thai Department of Livestock Development on Tuesday confirmed the country’s first case of the virus in a surface swab sample from a slaughterhouse in Nakhon Pathom Province.


One sample tested positive from among 309 blood and surface samples collected in hog farming areas, the department said.


Bangkok said it would report the findings to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and declare the 5km radius around the slaughterhouse an outbreak zone.


It is considering culling pigs farmed in the area, it added...