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Pig carcasses seized

The Customs Department yesterday announced the seizure of 400 frozen pig carcasses worth Bt400,000 from two warehouses in Nonthaburi and Bangkok.

The carcasses were reportedly smuggled into Thailand from Vietnam through the provinces of Mukdahan, Nakhon Phanom and Amnat Charoen, all at the Mekong River, and were not properly declared or taxed.

An investigation found that this type of carcass, which cost between Bt800-Bt1,000 each, was used to produce the local delicacy "moo han" or roasted pig, which is then sold for Bt1,500 to Bt2,000.

The Food and Drug Administration does not allow pig carcasses into the country as they can carry six diseases including hand, foot and mouth disease and diarrhoea.


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