63-year-old woman fined $7K for bringing 490 'balut' duck eggs to Singapore

Loving 'balut' isn't a crime, but bringing it to Singapore is a big problem. A 63-year-old woman was fined $7K for illegally bringing 490 'balut' duck eggs from Vietnam to Singapore.

Caught in her possession a 490 eggs, weighing a total of 78.4kg found in two Styrofoam. Balut contained of developing duck embryos were found in Le Thi Ung's possession when Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officers checked her baggage after she arrived at Changi Airport.

The case was handed over to the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) for investigation, and she was subsequently fine $7,000 in court for illegally importing the items.

The Philippine Embassy had reminded the Filipino Community Singapore to strictly abide the rules of the city-state on bringing food products into Singapore.

It has come to the Embassy's attention that in a recent case involving smuggling of a substantial number of balut eggs, a Filipino national, who was one of the buyers, was fined for abetting the offence. A penalty of S$50,000 and/or imprisonment of up to two years await those who violate the law.

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