Figures released on the amount of illegal meat imports confiscated by quarantine officials were described yesterday as "horrific" by Biosecurity Minister Jim Sutton. Speaking at a meeting of the Meat New Zealand authority in Rotorua, Sutton revealed that airport staff seized 8.5 tonnes of meat and poultry products from people entering the country during he course of 2000. Of this, a third was undeclared goods and the remaining two thirds were smuggled in by people from foot and mouth infected countries.