(TheLibertyRevolution.com)- A shocking new report this week revealed how the United States Customs and Border Protection agency saw a massive increase in the importation of contraband and potentially infected meat from China. According to a CBP report, a large number of shipments of pork, beef, duck, and chicken products from China were intercepted by agriculture experts in Los Angeles.
The CBP revealed that the quantity of illegal meat shipped to the U.S. from China was twice as much in 2020 as it was in 2019.
From January 1 to December 31 last year, CBP issued some 1,049 Emergency Action Notices, which require the meat to either be destroyed to sent back to China. In 2019, some 527 notices were issued, constituting an increase of 99% in the year that America struggled with the novel coronavirus that was also imported from China.
“CBP agriculture specialists found most of the unmanifested animal products commingled in boxes of headphones, door locks, kitchenware, LCD tablets, trash bags, swim fins, cell phone covers, plastic cases, and household goods in a clear attempt to smuggle the prohibited meats,” the report revealed.
The CBP said that the huge increase in interceptions is a result of a number of things, including the rollout of a new initiative that preventions the introduction of Asian Swine Fever, a virus that infects pigs, into the United States. It is also reportedly the result of “better collaboration” with USDA strategic partners and international restrictions put in place after the COVID-19 outbreak.
“CBP continues to work closely with the USA and other government and private-sector partners to protect the nation from a variety of diverse threats, including those posed by plant pests, biological agents, and foreign animal diseases through prohibited meat and plant products arriving by air, land, and sea,” the CBP’s Los Angeles Field Operations Director, Carlos C. Martel said.
Animal products from China remain in high demand across the United States, with smugglers illegally bringing the products into the country and then selling them in Chinese supermarkets. In many instances, consumers are not aware of the restrictions on importation, meaning people unknowingly purchase illegal contraband.