China detains 49 for smuggling frozen foods

No fewer than 200 tonnes of smuggled frozen meat have been seized by coast guards in South China’s Hainan Province.

The provincial coast guard authority said on Tuesday that 49 suspects, six vehicles and a boat were seized during the operation.

Officers were informed on July 13 that a large amount of smuggled frozen meat from Vietnam would be transported to Haikou by sea, via the Beibu Gulf in the southwestern Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

On July 14, 200 tonnes of smuggled chicken’s feet, pig’s feet and tongues were confiscated at a dock in Haikou City.

“All 49 suspects involved in the case were apprehended by July 20,” police said.

The coast guard said suspects confessed that they planned to sell the meat in the Pearl River Delta Region.

Experts say smuggling affects domestic food production, contributes to tax evasion and poses serious food safety hazards.

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