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‘Inspector Beagle’ sniffs out smoked bat meat from China

‘Inspector Beagle’ sniffs out smoked bat meat from China

BANGKOK: A sniffer beagle of the Livestock Development Department has detected smoked bats being smuggled into Thailand from China in a passenger’s bag at Suvarnabhumi airport.

By Bangkok Post

Thursday 10 November 2022, 04:07PM

Somchuan Ratanamangkalanon, director-general of the department, said an “Inspector Beagle” from its Quarantine and Inspection Canine Unit working at the airport detected the smoked bat and other cured meat in luggage on a flight from Kunming. He did not say when, reports the Bangkok Post.

The dead bats were in a small bag weighing 2.5 kilogrammes. It was packed along with a bag of smoked ham of the same weight and another bag of smoked bacon weighing 4.5kg.

The goods were seized for laboratory examination and later disposal. Bat meat could carry the Nipah virus, which can cause fatal inflammation of brain, and the pork could carry the African swine fever virus, Mr Somchuan said.

“Inspector Beagles are on duty to detect such products being smuggled in arriving luggage, especially on flights from countries such as Cambodia, Malaysia, Taiwan, Laos, Vietnam and China,” Mr Somchuan said.

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Pascale | 11 November 2022 - 17:50:44

@Kurt  Probably "checked baggage" and not the "cabin baggage" you are talking about !

Pooliekev | 11 November 2022 - 14:30:25

A delicacy across the north of Thailand. Widely consumed too. 

Kurt | 11 November 2022 - 12:30:51

When I depart Thailand for a flight abroad, I undergo a dept inspection. Laptop out of bag, trousers belt taken off, watches, etc. in a basket. Everything x-rayed. Is China not checking her citizens on export of dangerous virus carrying food in personal luggage? Remember where the Covid-19 virus came from 2 years ago. Economically is the world that virus spreading still suffering.

JohnC | 11 November 2022 - 10:29:00

Smoked bat meat. Gross!! So much truth in the saying the Chinees will, (and do), eat anything and everything. 


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