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On Alert After Whitespot Found in Airport Seizure


Quarantine authorities in China are on alert after whitespot disease was confirmed in a batch of shrimp seized from a returning tourist luggage at Pudong International Airport in Shanghai.  The tourist was returning from The Philippines.


According to a statement from China’s national quarantine body, inspections of tourist luggage will be stepped up.  Photos of the seizure included pictures of shrimp, crabs and a red-orange colored fish species that was not identified.  It’s not clear if the undeclared seafood was brought in by an unwitting tourist or one of the many travelers seeking to profit from sales of merchandise purchased overseas.


Several infestations of whitespot disease have caused serious damage to Chinese shrimp farms in recent years, making detection of the virus a priority for the country’s authorities.


Source: Seafood Source.  China on Alert as White Spot Found in Airport Shrimp SeizureGao Fu Mao (Mark Godfrey, smurphy@divcom.com).  September 8, 2017.


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