Do not carry meat product back to Taiwan! COA: comprehensive inspection of Vietnamese hand luggage from now on
Recently, the pork sandwich brought back from Vietnam was found to contain African swine fever virus. Chen Ji-zhong (陳吉仲), the chairman of the Council of Agriculture (COA)of the Executive Yuan, held an emergency press conference at 6 p.m. on February 15 that it is still uncertain whether there is an outbreak in Vietnam, but prudently, the Vietnamese tourists coming to Taiwan will be included in the 100% inspection of hand luggage.
On February 5 this year, a Taiwanese passenger was found to have illegally carried pork sandwiches when he entered the Tainan Airport by taking a flight from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The quarantine bureau has already fined that passenger for NT$30,000. It was subsequently tested positive for the African swine fever virus. Huang Jin-cheng (黃金城), the deputy chairman of COA, said that it is still uncertain whether this represents an outbreak of African swine fever in Vietnam. Because the source of the meat is unknown, it is necessary to wait until it is confirmed that Vietnam is classified as an African swine plague.
Chen Ji-zhong (陳吉仲), the chairman of COA and the Commander of African swine of the Central Emergency Operation Center said that the relevant information was first reported to the World Organization for Animal Health and the Vietnamese government.
Chen Ji-zhong also pointed out that in order to be cautious; Vietnam has been included in the high-risk area of African swine fever. All passengers entering from Vietnam are required to receive 100% entry inspection of hand luggage.
Chen Ji-zhong also said that from 7 to 8 next month the COA will invite representatives of Asian countries to hold a conference on transnational epidemic prevention of African swine fever at National Taiwan University to share and exchange their respective epidemic prevention policies and effectiveness. Let the Asian region establish regional defense.