“The passenger, a 45 year old woman from Vietnam, had her visitor visa canceled for failing to declare an extensive cache of food concealed in her luggage, including over 4.5 kilos of pork,” Minister for Agriculture Bridget McKenzie said in a statement. The Vietnamese woman is the first tourist to have her visa canceled and be expelled from the country over a breach of biosecurity laws. In fact, the woman had 10 kilograms (22 pounds) of banned food products in her luggage. Pork is a particular concern for Australian officials amid a worldwide swine fever epidemic. Australia has in the past been devastated by pests and diseases that the native ecosystem has no protections against. Now, the country has heavy restrictions on what tourists can bring in.
SWINE FEVER ON THE WORLD MAP
Between 5 November 2018 and 31 August 2019 over 27 tonnes of pork were intercepted on air travelers entering Australia. African swine fever never occurred in Australia. „An outbreak would be devastating for our pig production and health. It would also damage our trade and the economy,” Australian officials say.