Sydney deports second tourist carrying pork in mooncakes amid fears of spreading deadly pig disease


Kath Sullivan, ABC Rural (Australia)

Nov 3, 2019


A Vietnamese man carrying four kilograms of pork-filled mooncakes has been turned away from Australia after failing to declare he was carrying food.


He was the second person to be refused entry into Australia, following the introduction of tough new biosecurity rules earlier this year.


Agriculture Minister Bridget McKenzie said the 60-year-old man did not declare the food in his luggage when attempting to enter Australia via Sydney International Airport on Saturday.


It comes as a the deadly pig disease, African swine fever, which can be transmitted to pigs in pork products, has spread closer to Australia.


"A recent round of testing found nearly 50 per cent of pork products seized from air travellers tested positive for African swine fever," Ms McKenzie said.


"That's why I have zero tolerance approach to those who intentionally do the wrong thing and lie about what they're carrying," she said.


Once deported, the man will not be eligible to travel to Australia for three years.


Australia's livestock industries, the National Farmers Federation and Australian Pork Limited, have been calling for increased funding for biosecurity, as the deadly pig disease spreads closer to Australia.


More than a quarter of the world's pigs are believed to have died due to African swine fever.


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