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    Visitor to Taiwan hit with $9,000 fine over 'roast chicken and pork combo' lunch box

    Taiwan's customs officials issue a fine of NT$200,000 ($9,369) to a traveller for attempting to bring a lunch box containing pork into the country.


    Taiwan's customs officials have issued a fine of NT$200,000 ($9,369) to a traveller for attempting to bring a lunch box containing pork into the country.

    The Indonesian national had arrived from Hong Kong on April 30 when a quarantine dog sniffed out the "roast chicken and pork combo", said the Taiwanese Animal and Plant Health Inspection Agency. 

    The traveller was reportedly unable to pay the fine and deported.

    Taiwan introduced fines of NT$200,000 for bringing pork products to the island from countries affected by African swine fever (ASF) following an outbreak in China in 2018.

    Fines increase to NT$1 million for subsequent breaches of quarantine.

    The highly infectious disease affects both domestic and wild pigs and has a fatality rate of about 80 per cent.

    Taiwan is one of only a few Asian countries not yet affected by the disease. 

    According to the World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH), ASF is responsible for massive losses in pig populations and drastic economic consequences.

    "It is not a danger to human health, but it has devastating effects on pig populations and the farming economy," the WOAH says.

    "The virus is highly resistant in the environment, meaning that it can survive on clothes, boots, wheels, and other materials. It can also survive in various pork products, such as ham, sausages or bacon."

    Australia, which has so far remained free from ASF, has fines of up to $6,260 for travellers who knowingly fail to declare high-risk goods such as pork and other meat products or provide false or misleading information.


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