Agents Seize Load of Illegal Meat in California

Officials with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection report it has intercepted 19,500 pounds of prohibited pork, chicken, beef and duck products arriving into the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach from China.

Border protection agriculture specialists identified, examined and seized 12 shipments containing a total of 834 cartons that lacked the required USDA entry documentation.

According to an official statement, most of the animal products were mixed in boxes of headphones, door locks, kitchenware, LCD tablets, trash bags, swim fins, cell phone covers, plastic cases and household goods.

The National Pork Board says that in the first five months of fiscal year 2020, the interception of prohibited meats from China at the LA/Long Beach Seaport has increased 70 percent compared with the same period a year ago.