(Yicai Global) Aug. 23 -- Customs in the eastern Chinese city of Qingdao have cracked a seafood smuggling case. Over the past two years, a gang has smuggled over 5,000 tons, worth CNY230 million, of high-end seafood, such as king crab. An anti-smuggling officer from Customs also found that the gang had evaded not only taxes, but also inspection and quarantine, as some of the high-end seafood came from waters near Fukushima, Japan.
The disastrous earthquake that struck Japan on March 11, 2011 caused the Fukushima reactor to rupture and release radiation, contaminating seafood in adjacent waters. Almost all countries prohibit imports of seafood from this area, and even locals refuse to eat it, sending the price of local high-end seafood to a nadir.
In 2011, China's General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine issued a notice to prohibit imports of food, edible farm products or animal fodder from 12 counties in the area affected by the nuclear accident, including Fukushima, Gunma and Tochigi.
Evidence shows seafood with possible infections or radiation contamination has entered seafood markets in cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Tianjin.