CEO fined for scene over roast geese…

A Singaporean woman who refused to give up two roast geese she brought back from China has been fined for hindering Immigration and Checkpoint Authority (ICA) officers from carrying out their duties.


On Sept 30, Tan Chai Peng, 51, CEO of a pharmaceutical company based in China, refused to surrender the geese and threw them on the floor when asked by ICA officers at Chiangi Airport’s Terminal 2 to hand them over for disposal.


She was fined $ 3,000 on Tuesday.


This year, 123 travellers have been caught  bringing in unapproved meat products, or meat products from unapproved countries, into Singapore.

But the Agri-food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) said that this is the first case of someone hindering the authorities in their checks.


A licnese and a permit from the AVA are required before importing meat and meat products into Singapore.


However, travellers who wish to bring in meat for personal consumption can do so without a permit, provided the meat is from countries approved by the AVA and the total weight does not exceed 5 kg per person.


Chilled, frozen, processed or canned meat can be brought in from the following countries:


Beef: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, New Zealand, South Africa, and Sweden.


Mutton: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Switzerland, Britain and the United States


Pork: Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Britain, and the United States.


Poultry: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Britain and the United States.


Any unapproved meat product will be confiscated and the person who brought the product could be fined up to $50,000 or jailed for up to two years, or both.


~ THE STRAITS TIMES, November 25, 2005






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