An Auckland woman will have to swallow a hefty fine after she admitted to possessing and selling illegally imported edible bird nests.
Stacey Miao Yus pleaded guilty to the charges in July, but her application for a discharge without conviction was thrown out in the Manukau District Court yesterday.
She was convicted and given a $10,000 fine.
The Ministry for Primary Industries applauded the judgment after they seized 500 grams of raw swiftlet bird nests when they raided her Auckland property in June last year.
The nests are believed to provide health benefits to those who eat them but they also carry a number of avian diseases that are not found in New Zealand according to MPI.