SINGAPORE – A 35-year-old man has been sentenced for illicit importation and support of food products.
Ongam Fungam was charged a fine of $ 12,000 for keeping the ducks' blood and dried bacon slices illegally imported. He was fined for an additional $ 600 to support the import of illegally salted duck peas from China. These items were for sale.
A statement by the Singapore Agri Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) on Thursday (November 14th) indicates that an official acting at his discretion has shown potential buyers on the Ong WeChat account.
Ong was caught on November 2, 2017, when he delivered the goods ordered by the AVA Officer. Ong was found with 60 kg of duck blood, 0.5 kg of dried beef and 36 salt duck eggs, all of which were illegally imported from China.
AVA acknowledged that Ong had called on travelers from China to stop the export of food and meat products from 2016, when he sold it through WeChat. In turn, Ong could offer travelers a transport fee, as payment for an additional luggage allowance.
Any person who first imports illegally imported meat from non-approved sources is subject to a maximum penalty of $ 50,000, two years in jail, or both. For further penalties, the maximum fine is $ 100,000, in jail for up to three years, or both.
Animal blood products such as duck blood in Singapore are banned because blood can easily support bacterial growth and can carry diseases. Non-human blood sampling can lead to the administration of food-borne pathogens to food products in the blood.
Meat, eggs and their products may only be imported from accredited sources in approved countries that meet the AVA food safety standards and requirements.