China-bound smuggled frozen meats intercepted in HK
Hong Kong Customs seized 540 metric tons of smuggled frozen meats with an estimated market value of about US$6.4 million while on their way to China, a report by US Department of Agriculture (USDA) showed.
The goods were intercepted in Hong Kong waters on four fishing boats while they were on the way to China.
The smuggled products were largely high-value beef products coming from various countries. All fishing boats related to this case did not have refrigerated facilities.
USDA said this was the largest detection of smuggled meats both in terms of value and volume in the past decade.
According to Hong Kong Customs, six people were caught during the operation. Seized products were found to be beef including cuts like shanks, ribs, round, etc. No pork was found.