This past week, U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced that it intercepted a large shipment of illegal pork products from China before it could enter the United States. The contraband shipment, which will be safely and securely destroyed in accordance with U.S. government policy, reportedly contained products derived from pork, such as flavorings in ramen noodles, and did not include fresh meat. It is illegal to import pork products into the United States from countries such as China that are positive for African swine fever (ASF), a disease that only affects pigs and that poses no human health or food safety risks, according the an article from the National Pork Board.The bust marks the largest-ever seizure of agricultural products at a U.S. border, according to Anthony Bucci, public affairs specialist at CBP. The pork-derived products arrived in more than 50 shipping containers to the port in Newark, New Jersey, and were hidden in containers of ramen noodles and laundry detergent. He says it’s an ongoing investigation and that the customs agency is working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.But why is this such a big deal?Outside of its origins on the African continent, African swine fever continues its relentless march… Read full this story
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