Monday, October 27, 2014

Russia’s catching pork smugglers

Since Russia banned pork from Europe in January, customs officials have found smugglers labeling pork as mushrooms, frozen fruit juice and bubblegum.

Bubblegum? That blows my mind.

Smuggled pork has come from The Netherlands, but some has also come from Germany, Brazil, Poland and Belgium.

Rosselkhoznadzor reported 360 tons of illegal pork from Europe has been identified recently.

“They are party to the EU Customs Union, and so the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is directly responsible for the contents of the containers. As we can see, the EFSA has no control, and even facilitates, smuggling,” the head of Rosselkhoznadzor, Sergey Dankvert, told the TASS news agency.

"The Netherlands, for example, declared the goods as frozen mushrooms, jams, and marmalade," Dankvert is quoted as saying.

This is the second instance of pork smuggling that Rosselkhoznadzor has discovered in the last month.
On October 13, the agency found that more than 60 tons of German and Dutch pork entered Russia labeled as mushrooms from China.

Rosselkhoznadzor began investigating the questionable cargo arriving at the Belarus border along with the Federal Customs Service (FTS) last month.