YOKOHAMA, Japan, June 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The Animal Quarantine Service in Japan (AQS) is further strengthening its import quarantine for livestock products in the face of increased threats of entry of African Swine Fever (ASF) into Japan. In order to effectively prevent entry of harmful infectious diseases like ASF, it has amended the Act on Domestic Animal Infectious Diseases Control and strengthened the penalties for offenders as follows.

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Import of meat products prohibited

The existing penalty of a maximum of 3 years imprisonment or a fine of up to 1 million yen will be raised to up to 3 million yen from 1stJuly 2020. For corporations, the existing penalty is raised by 50 times to a maximum of 50 million yen. A person with illegal livestock products can also be…

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