U.S. Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists recently stopped a large shipment of prohibited animal products from China entering the United States through the Port of New York/Newark. CBP agriculture specialists intercepted 23 shipments, which contained over 10,000 kilograms of prohibited animal products, attempting to make entry into the United States via containerized sea cargo.
“CBP agriculture specialists made critical interceptions of these prohibited animal products and stopped them from entering the United States before they could potentially cause grave damage to our agricultural and economic vitality,” says Troy Miller, director, Field Operations, New York Field Office.
The prohibited animal products from China were found on containerized sea cargo.
Animal disease outbreaks are a threat to the United States that can adversely impact public health, cause global trade halts and destabilize the economy and our nation’s food supply. In China, growing outbreaks of African swine fever, a highly contagious swine viral disease that affects pigs, have prompted stricter U.S. import requirements and increased vigilance from CBP.
ASF does not harm humans, but it spreads rapidly among domestic pigs and wild boars through direct contact or exposure to farm workers’ contaminated shoes, clothing and equipment.