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Duck kidneys cost Auckland chef $4k

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 7/06/2017

A chef in Auckland has been fined $3700 for falsely declaring dried duck kidneys.

Rutian Ou, 52, falsely declared the fowl on his passenger arrival card on his return to New Zealand from Hong Kong.

He said the packets contained shellfish but later admitted the contents were duck.

"When we interviewed him, he said he knew the product was duck meat but said it was seafood because he wanted to keep it. He said he wanted to give the duck meat to his son," Ministry for Primary Industries spokesman Craig Hughes said.

Duck kidneys from overseas are a strictly prohibited product due to the serious biosecurity risks associated with duck meat and duck meat products.

"There are a number of diseases prevalent within the Hong Kong/Chinese chicken stocks such as Newcastle disease and avian influenza which are not present in New Zealand... it would cause considerable mortality and economic cost to the poultry industry.

''It would also put New Zealand's native bird biodiversity at risk," Mr Hughes said.

Ou was fined $3700 plus court costs in the Manukau District Court last week.

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