Premier Su spreads awareness of Taiwan's fight against African Swine Fever

The Premier shared a humorous poster on his Twitter account to help spread an important message to foreign travelers

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TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwan Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) is helping to spread awareness of the threat posed by African Swine Fever (ASF) to foreigners visiting Taiwan, who might be considering trying to sneak contraband pork products through customs.

On Jan. 29 on his personal Twitter account, the Premier uploaded a poster image of himself with a message to would-be offenders. The message reminds travelers that they could be fined (minimum US$6,000) if caught bringing pork products into the country, and further, that they will be denied entry if unable to pay the fine.

However, what caught most people’s attention was the humorous, if somewhat odd, messaging in the poster itself. Specifically the catchphrase “Keep Taiwan Upbeat, Give Up Your Meat!”

As China confronts a rampant epidemic of African Swine Fever virus, Taiwan’s government has been putting in serious effort to prevent contaminated meat products from China from threatening the country’s livestock.

Another recent humorous attempt was the Ministry of Interior's release of a series of posters in multiple languages with a message from the “Beagle Brigade.” Taiwan’s customs and border control detection hounds have become an unofficial mascot of the fight to prevent the spread of ASF.

Although Taiwan’s heightened effort to inform travelers of the risk posed by ASF has seen some success, some travelers, particularly from China, continue to attempt violations of the customs laws.

Foreign nationals caught with pork products as of 2019, will be forced to pay a fine of NT$200,000 (US$6,400) or more. Those unable to pay the fine will be denied entry to the country.

“Keep Taiwan Upbeat, Give Up Your Meat!”