Smuggling donations. Six hundred kilograms of lamb meat, donated by Australia to the Palestinian Authority, were seized Wednesday on a truck in Wadi Ara.
The meat, which was smuggled into Israel, was partially thawed and transported in inappropriate conditions and without veterinary supervision.
Northern Poultry Council Enforcement Unit Coordinator Tomer Rahamim told Ynet that the man suspected of smuggling the meat was a Nazareth resident around the age of 50.
According to Rahamim, the man was taken in for police questioning and the meat was confiscated and handed over to the Agriculture Ministry for disposal.
Rahamim noted it was not the first time inspectors have intercepted meat being smuggled from the Palestinian Authority into Israel. "This is meat that comes from Western countries, as part of a humanitarian aid, and certain elements in the Palestinian Authority sell it to Israelis," he said.
The lamb meat was intended for butcher shops and restaurants in the north. According to past experience, Rahamim added, meat and egg smuggling will increase over the next few weeks, ahead of the month of Ramadan and the following holidays.
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