Police confiscated 3.5 tons of illegal meat and 1,200 unmarked, unauthorized eggs on Thursday that had been smuggled into Israel from the West Bank.
In a joint operation with officials from the Agriculture Ministry, law enforcement authorities discovered the produce in the northern Arab town of Kafr Kanna, near Nazareth, as officials searched a bakery and the premises of seven butchers.
The meat and eggs were taken away for destruction, Channel 10 reported.
“Meat from an unsupervised slaughterhouse and eggs from an unknown source are not under hygiene regulations and may endanger the health of the public,” a police spokesperson said. “Selling them also harms the regulated market.”
Two suspects were arrested — a 23-year-old Palestinian in Israel illegally and his 40-year-old employer from Kafr Kanna. Police were to ask Nazareth Magistrate’s Court on Friday to extend the employer’s remand. The fate of the Palestinian man was unclear.
Smuggling meat and eggs from the West Bank to Israel is fairly common. In December, Border Police officers foiled a plan to smuggle some 9,000 unmarked, unauthorized eggs into Jerusalem from the West Bank.