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Customs will "disrupt, detect and seize"

by 5m Editor
21 May 2003, at 12:00am

UK - Customs and Excise are setting up four new "strike teams" to tackle the continued inflow of illegal meats. The teams will be deployed in areas of greatest risk.

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All Customs staff have been briefed on a policy of "disrupt, detect and seize". They have made 800 seizures of illegal meat products since taking over responsibility for smuggling prevention on 11 April and are currently looking at publicity to deter smuggling.

NFU have highlighted the need for the following actions:

  • Effective intelligence gathering and continued risk assessment work.
  • A testing programme for seized meat to gather data on levels of infection.

  • Focussed enforcement activity at the retail end of the chain and gain better understanding of the drivers for illegal meat trade.

  • Targeted checks on commercial trade (in addition to checks on personal baggage).

  • Assessment of the challenges for import control posed by EU expansion and consistency of controls on non-animal products across the EU.
Source: National Pig Association - 21st May 2003

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