A Vietnamese man was expelled by Australia for carrying 4 kg of moon cakes filled with undeclared pork.
Australian Agriculture Minister Bridget McKenzie said the 60-year-old man did not report the amount of food in his luggage when checking in at Sydney International Airport on November 2. Once deported, this person will be banned from going to Australia for 3 years.
The number of moon cakes filled with pork that Vietnamese passengers brought was confiscated by Australian officials on November 2. Image: Department of Agriculture
The incident occurred when African swine fever (ASF) spread throughout many countries around the world. This is the second person to be refused entry by Australia after enacting new biosafety regulations earlier this year.
"A recent inspection showed that nearly 50% of pork products confiscated from ASF-positive passengers," said McKenzie. "That's why I don't tolerate people who knowingly do wrong and lie about what they carry."
ASF, with mortality rates as high as 100%, can be spread through raw pork and exposed shoes or clothing, killing a quarter of the world's pigs. Vietnam announced an ASF outbreak in February. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations said nearly 6,000 pigs have been culled in Vietnam due to the epidemic.
The Australian Government bans imports of pork products from countries infected with ASF. As of September, the country's customs confiscated 27 tons of pork at the airport. In April, Australia's immigration law was also amended to shorten or cancel tourist visas for those who violate the safety of living and import prohibited goods.
Last month, Australia refused to allow a 45-year-old Vietnamese woman to enter because she carried more than 4.5 kg of pork. This person also has quail eggs, squid, pate, raw eggs and garlic in the luggage without declaration. Instead of paying a fine, the Vietnamese woman was asked to return home immediately.
"If large meat products containing the virus pass through our borders, are eaten by families and friends and leftovers are brought to pigs, we will be very heartbroken," Ms. McKenzie said.
Mr. Ngoc (Follow ABC)