China | Meat smuggling crackdown stokes underground trade

Meat smuggling crackdown stokes underground trade

July 16, 2015 6:37 AM (UTC+8)

 

(From Reuters)

On a dusty industrial lot in northern Hong Kong, a group of travelers sheltered in the shade away from the pressing July heat, are packing old cloth bags and backpacks with Styrofoam to protect a more precious cargo: smuggled meat.

In June, Chinese  authorities seized 100,000 tonnes of smuggled frozen meat
In June, Chinese authorities seized 100,000 tonnes of smuggled frozen meat

Crowded amid the warehouses of Sheung Shui, a remote suburb near the mainland border, the group of around 40 are about to take frozen Brazilian beef into China to feed a growing demand for meat that is not met by local produce or approved imports.

These part-time smugglers, known as “feet” within the trade, are part of an underground industry that has boomed since Beijing launched a crackdown on meat smuggling last year. Read more

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