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Meat smuggling in Iceland increases

Customs officials confiscated nearly 5.4 tons of meat products last year compared to 1.8 tons in 2005, as revealed this week. Of the meat confiscated last year, 2.1 tons were taken from people traveling to Iceland via Keflavík international airport.

“It is becoming more common that the several thousand immigrant laborers who work in Iceland try to bring raw food products with them upon return to Iceland after a holiday at home,” Kári Gunnlaugsson, department director of the customs in Sudurnes, which includes Keflavík airport, told Bladid.

“Maybe they find the price of meat high here,” Gunnlaugsson added. He said most people should be aware that they could get caught when trying to bring meat products into the country. They are fined between ISK 500 and 1,000 (USD 8 and 16, EUR 6 and 12) per kilo.

The meat confiscated by customs is discarded under the supervision of two customs officers.

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