Customs officers seize over 400 live ants
Over 400 illegally imported live ants have been seized by local customs.
A package, said to be material for dentistry, showed abnormalities when X-rayed. Staff at Shanghai Post Office Customs opened it and found 406 ants, each 2 centimeters long, in small plastic tubes along with moist cotton and air vents.
The smuggled ants have been transferred to the relevant department for disposal, customs said.
It said that undeclared and unquarantined live animals could carry diseases and risk the health of local residents and animals. If propagated rapidly, a biological invasion would result and there was a risk of the local ecology and environment being destroyed.
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Chinese customs officers seized over 380 kinds of pests 695,000 times last year, the authority said.