Every now and then, we hear news of illegal imports of products such as Vapes and counterfeit goods.
However, rarely do we ever hear about an illegal import of food products.
On 8 June, a Chinese national, Wang Liansheng, attempted to import 226kg of frozen meat products from China.
The type of meats includes chicken, pork, mutton, beef and even rabbit.
It is noted that the meats were separated into eight different pieces of luggage that were detected by the Immigration and Checkpoint Authorities (ICA) and subsequently handed over to the Singapore Food Agency.
Fined $17,500 in Court
In a joint statement by ICA and the SFA, Wang was fined S$17,500 in court on Thursday (29 Sep) on the grounds of illegally importing meat products into Singapore.
In another statement by the SFA, they said, “In Singapore, food imports must meet SFA’s requirements. Food can only be imported by licensed importers, and every consignment must be declared and accompanied with a valid import permit. Illegally imported food products are of unknown sources and poses food safety risk.”
The illegally imported food products were destroyed after investigations.
Other Rare Occurrences
In a separate incident in 2020, an individual by the name of Wang Shu was also arrested for the illegal import of meat.
It is known that the items that were imported illegally were salted duck eggs and beef jerky. The import was detected by ICA officers at the Pasir Panjang Scanning Station.
Around 36kg of illegal food products were seized.
Offenders who import meat products illegally from illegal sources can be fined up to $50,000 and/or imprisonment of up to two years and, in the case of a subsequent conviction, to a fine not exceeding $100,000 and/or to imprisonment of up to three years.
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