HCMC seizes smuggled meat, some rotten
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Yesterday, quarantine officers and police in Ho Chi Minh City’s Thu Duc District seized and destroyed 700 kg of cattle and poultry meat that was being transported without documents.
170 kg of rotten beef seized by quarantine officers and police in HCMC yesterday Photo: Tuoi Tre
Early Tuesday morning, a joint inspection team, including officers of the Thu Duc Animal Quarantine Station and local traffic police, forced a suspicious van to stop for examination and discovered that it was carrying about 170 kg of beef, all of which was rotten.
48-year-old Vu Van Ty, the transporter, failed to show the officers a quarantine certificate or any other documents related to the meat.
The rotten meat contained many maggots, the officers said.
Ty said he was carrying the meat from Dong Nai Province, where he is living, to HCMC, for sale.
A couple of hours later, the team signaled for a truck to stop and found 528 kg of meat, including beef, pork, chicken and chicken’s tripe inside the vehicle.
Nguyen Thi Hong, 29, of HCMC’s District 9, the goods’ owner, had no documents to prove their origin.
Hong said she had bought the meat from Tam Hiep Market in Dong Nai Province and wanted to bring it to the district for sale.
The station confiscated all the meat from Ty and Hong and later destroyed it.