Chinese national to be charged for illegally importing meat

Staff Writer, Singapore
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The items were detected in the luggage of a Chinese national during screening at Changi Airport Terminal 1 on 27 January. (PHOTO: SFA)
The items were detected in the luggage of a Chinese national during screening at Changi Airport Terminal 1 on 27 January. (PHOTO: SFA)

SINGAPORE — A Chinese national is set to be charged for allegedly importing 153kg of undeclared meat products without a valid import license.

The items, which include pork sausages and frozen chicken, were detected in the person’s luggage during screening at Changi Airport Terminal 1 on 27 January, said the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) and Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) in a joint statement on Tuesday (9 February).

Following the detection of the items, the case was handed over for investigation to the SFA, which will be prosecuting the person.

“Illegally imported food products are of unknown sources and can pose a food safety risk. In addition, meat and meat products can only be imported from accredited sources in approved countries that comply with Singapore’s food safety standards and requirements,” said the statement.

Travellers and consumers who are bringing in food for personal consumption via parcel post should refer to the SFA’s website for the full list of food items allowed, it added.

Those convicted of illegally importing meat products face fines of $50,000 and/or jail terms of up to two years. Repeat offenders face fines of up to $100,000 and possible jail terms of up to three years.

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