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August 17, 2012

Indian herbal medicines with tiger claws, cow urine seized in UK

     London: British border officials have seized illegal imports of herbal remedies and massage oils sent from India, which contained ground tiger claws, poisonous plants and cow urine. Officials at Felixstowe Port in Suffolk seized forty-five large boxes containing the products that had been illegally imported from India and were bound for an address in Birmingham. According to the Daily Mail, cow urine, poisonous plants, and goat meat were found in the ingredients of the 450 ml herbal remedy and five-litre massage oil bottles. UK Border Force officials claimed that it was the first time that ground tiger claws were found in some of the products, and added that they might have come from illegally poached tigers. The Border Force said that the import and export of tiger derivatives is strictly controlled under the Convention in International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), and added that items can only be brought in or sent out of the European Union if the correct permits have been applied for and issued. Details of the seizure have been referred to the customs authorities in India, who would decide whether to take further action against the exporter, the paper said. The importer in Birmingham has also been contacted and issued with a warning following the find by the Border Force.
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