Shanghai police recently cracked a Japanese beef smuggling network in a joint effort with Shanghai Customs after four months’ investigation. The network had smuggled 97 tons of beef into China, most of which was sold in Shanghai. The amount of money involved is estimated at over 30 million yuan ($4.8 million), said Zhou Shizheng of the Food and Drugs Crime Division of the Shanghai Public Security Bureau. According to the police, Japanese Toukura Company smuggled Japanese beef into Yunnan province from Laos in fruit containers. They then shipped it to Shanghai disguised as ham, before selling it to high-end Japanese restaurants in the city…Full Article: China Daily June 2015

Key Points

  • In March 2015, China arrested 17 smugglers and confiscated 13 MTs of beef.
  • In 2001, China banned Japanese beef imports reportedly over concern for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE or ‘mad cow’).

ChinaAg Comment

  • In May 2015, a dozen people were jailed in Zhejiang province for injecting water into cattle for profit.
  • In February 2015, China arrested nearly three dozen people who allegedly smuggled 6,000 tons of beef into the country. Anti-smuggling authorities based in Dalian, Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Guangzhou participated the nationwide crackdown.

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