KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 9 — Two illegal attempts to smuggle bak kwa or Chinese pork jerky from Malaysia through the Woodlands Checkpoint was intercepted by Singaporean authorities over the past two days.
According to a Channel News Asia report, Malaysia is not an approved country for the importation of meat products by travellers and the seized bak kwa were then disposed of by authorities.
It was said that the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officers recovered large quantities of bak kwa concealed in pastry packaging.
“ICA and Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) would like to remind travellers that controlled items like ‘bak kwa’ are subjected to travellers’ allowance from approved countries.
“Livestock, meat and meat products can only be imported from sources that meet AVA’s animal health and food safety standards,” it said in a Facebook post yesterday.
According to ICA, the cases have been handed over to AVA for further investigations.
“Currently, AVA has approved 21 countries, including Canada, Netherlands and the United States, for import of pork and pork products to Singapore,” it said, adding Malaysia is not included in the list.