(Tom Polansek – Reuters)
U.S. border agents said they have seized 1 million pounds (453,592 kg) of food products from China this month, rather than 1 million pounds of pork as they had previously announced, as they work to keep out African swine fever.
The containers seized also had noodles and tea bags that were used to facilitate the unlawful import of pork products, Anthony Bucci, spokesman for Customs Border and Protection, said this week.
The previous week the agency said it had seized 1 million pounds of pork.
Federal customs and agriculture officials are on high alert for illegal imports because China is suffering from an outbreak of African swine fever. There is no cure and no vaccine for the disease, which does not affect humans but is highly contagious and fatal to hogs. Click here to read more.
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