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Tons of illegally brought pork will be buried

Tons of illegally brought pork will be buried

Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives Thamanat Prompow has directed officials to bury 4,300 tonnes of illegally obtained pork in a Sa Kaeo landfill.

In July, the Department of Special inquiry (DSI) conducted an inquiry that resulted in the carcasses being seized at the Laem Chabang port. 161 containers made up the cargo, which were valued at over 500 million baht, he claimed.

He stated that the ministry’s top objective is to prevent and stop the importation of unlawful agricultural products, especially smuggled pork, in order to protect consumers and stop market manipulation and animal epidemics.

The animal carcasses will be disposed of in a landfill at the Animal Nutrition Research and Development Centre in Sa Kaeo, under the supervision of the Department of Livestock Development.

According to Dr. Somchuan Ratanamungklanon, director-general of the Department of Livestock Development, participants will include representatives from the Royal Thai Police, the DSI, the Swine Raisers Association of Thailand, and the Customs Department.

Five days will pass before the procedure is finished. According to Dr. Somchuan, the illegally obtained pork will be buried in six sizable trenches lined with polyethylene to prevent environmental damage from decomposing.

The trenches have pipes built to let out gases produced by decomposition. The burning operation is planned to adhere to the guidelines established by the World Organization for Animal Health.

According to Dr. Somchuan, the main worry regarding illegally obtained pork is that it might be infected with the severe and contagious African swine flu.

Without include the DSI seizure, 1,142 tonnes of contraband pork worth 190 million baht were seized in Thailand between October 1 of last year and August 31 of this year in 238 cases. 1,049 tonnes have been disposed of thus far.


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