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THE Chinese authorities have found HIV-antigens in two packages that were not marked as bio-hazards, prompting calls from quarantine officials at Beijing Capital International Airport for more checks to be conducted on goods coming into the country.

Over 29,000 parcels and luggage containing dangerous and illegal substances were intercepted at the airport during the first three quarters of this year, yet only three  per cent of regular packages are randomly checked by quarantine officers.

Two separate parcels containing HIV-antigens, which could lead to HIV infection, were declared as regular chemical products that are exempt from quarantine examination.

Zhou Xiaoping, a quarantine officer in charge of delivery services at the airport, where an average of 12,000 parcels are processed every day, warned that wrongly identified packages would not be given the special attention required to ensure the substances inside don’t leak, and thus possibly endanger life.

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