Residents Advised to Check Regulations Before Sending Moon Cakes Overseas
An advisory was released by the Shenzhen postal service reminding people to check mailing regulations of destination countries before sending moon cakes to friends and relatives living in other countries that might have certain restrictions on imports.
The Postal service said that there are 33 countries that ban importing foods through mail, including France, Germany, Sweden, Qatar, Brazil, Indonesia, Russia, Hungary and Belgium. Other countries allow food imports but with certain restrictions.
Malaysia doesn’t allow moon cakes that have pork ingredients, New Zealand doesn’t allow moon cakes that contain honey, Australia and Spain only allow moon cakes with non yolk fillings. Moon cakes received will have passed inspection, though moon cakes that fail to pass inspection will be confiscated with the possibility of a fine to the recipient.
The Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service have published a ruling that requires all food that contains even a minute amount of meat, poultry or eggs must be produced with the supervision of U.S. inspection authorities or any accredited regulatory agencies, before they are allowed to enter the United States.
In the past week, the postal services have been sent more than one hundred tons of moon cakes overseas and to other mainland cities. Employees from the postal service advise residents to send their moon cakes earlier to avoid the rush. Those planning to send cakes overseas must call or consult post offices on the regulations required by other countries.