African swine fever in China is still persisting. Minister of Agriculture Chen Chi-chung says Taiwan must block China not only during the Chinese New Year holiday, but also block meat products from other East Asian and Southeast Asian countries.
This Chunghwa Post truck leaves Taoyuan International Airport filled with parcels and packages. Once it arrives at the Taipei Mail Processing Center, the mail is sent up to the seventh floor for inspection by sniffer dogs. The packages are then X-rayed and individually checked for illegal meat products. The number of violations always spikes during holidays. In September during the Mid-Autumn Festival, for example, Chunghwa Post recorded 149 problem packages compared to the monthly average of 18.
Everyone can see here the impact of holiday gift-giving on disease prevention that I mentioned earlier.
Since last year, border control has seized 2,730 pork products. Of this number, 203 tested positive for African swine fever. Fourteen percent were from China and 41 percent from Vietnam. The Council of Agriculture says Chinese New Year next year will be a major challenge.
African swine fever has now spread to 10 countries all over Asia, especially East Asia. The challenge we will encounter next year will be even greater than this year.
Even with more stringent postal inspections, there have been reports of Taiwanese people ordering mousetraps that come with pork as bait from China. The mousetraps reportedly escape inspection. The council says apart from asking e-commerce platforms to strengthen controls, consumers ordering such products must send the included pork to disease prevention authorities instead of discarding it.