Quarantine officers recently intercepted 150 kilograms of Hami melons at the airport carried by a passenger, the largest personal luggage intercepted at the airport on an individual passenger. The melons were carried by a Chinese passenger who had departed from Japan. They had been placed in five cartons, each containing 30 kilograms. Two cartons had put in boxes made of coniferous wood where pest might hide. The passenger claims that the melons were for self consumption only.
Quarantine officers stressed that passengers departing from overseas (including Hong Kong and Macao) are prohibited from bringing non-quarantined biological products, such as fresh fruit, wood, raw bird’s nest and seahorse, into mainland China. These products may look harmless but may contain harmful organisms and pathogenic bacteria that may threaten the destination country's ecological balance, economic safety, and even human health.