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Officials seize beef smuggled from Japan

AUTHORITIES have seized 227 kilograms of smuggled beef from Japan at the Pudong International Airport, hidden in common luggage boxes.

Officials with the Shanghai Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau found the five boxes on February 8 near a duty-free store. The label on the cases showed that they came from Osaka. The boxes felt very cold, so officials suspected they contained fresh animal products.

When no one showed up to claim the boxes, officials scanned them and found that they contained meat. The bureau later called the airline company, telling them to contact the passenger. Finally, with the luggage still unclaimed, officials opened the boxes and found them full of prohibited beef from Japan.

The bureau is investigating the case as the boxes' owner is still out of contact.

Under Chinese law, beef from Japan is banned because Japan once was an epidemic area of mad cow disease and foot-and-mouth disease.

"Wagyu," or Japanese beef, is praised as "the most expensive beef in the world."


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