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Smugglers hide prohibited yak meat and dung in sweaters passing through JFK Airport

By Mason White 2:49 PM April 28, 2017
Yak meat
Yak meat
By: Mason White

Smugglers were trying to bring illegal yak meat and dung, which were hidden in sweaters, into the United States, according to police in New York.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced the seizure and destruction of a shipment of over 132 kilos of prohibited yak meat, dung pods, and seeds for propagation imported from Nepal at New York’s John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport.

The prohibited items were hidden in sweaters, shawls, pants, and other items of clothing.

Yak meat is prohibited from being imported into the United States under 9 CFR 94, which prohibits ruminant products from countries affected by rinderpest or foot-and-mouth disease, such as Nepal.

Certain propagative seeds are also prohibited from being imported into the United States under 7 CFR 319.37, due to possible plant disease contamination.

Foot and Mouth disease is a worldwide concern that can spread quickly and cause significant economic damage.

The shipment was initially identified by the Commercial Targeting and Analysis Center (CTAC) based on a tip from the public.

The CTAC is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility designed to streamline and enhance federal efforts to address import safety issues.