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Duck eggs seized at San Luis port
A woman has been fined $300 for allegedly attempting to sneak a dozen duck eggs past Customs and Border Protection officers at the U.S. Port of Entry at San Luis, Ariz., on Friday.
Maria Dolores De Arce Aguirre was fined after CBP agriculture specialists found the 12 undeclared duck eggs nestled in the middle of her clothes in a bag she was carrying through the pedestrian lane. The eggs were destroyed as per port policy.
“The agriculture specialists are commended for their hard work in this particular penalty-seizure,” said Acting Port Director Robert L. Schroeder. “They have once again protected our agriculture, natural resources and U.S. economy.”
According to CBP, eggs and egg products from regions affected by Exotic Newcastle Disease (END) and Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) remain prohibited, regardless if those items are for personal consumption.
Travelers can learn the difference between restricted and prohibited merchandise before attempting to bring items into the United States by visiting the “Restricted/Prohibited” section of the CBP web site, http://www.cbp.gov. The USDA also offers a Supplemental Import Guide, available at the Mexican land border, which identifies allowed agriculture items for personal use.
Travelers may also obtain information regarding fruits, meats, dairy/poultry products and firewood under the “Bringing Agricultural Products into the United States” section of the CBP web site.
CBP officers are authorized to inspect personal belongings without a search warrant. This includes luggage, vehicles and personal searches.
CBP's agriculture specialists have extensive training and experience in agricultural and biological inspection to prevent the introduction of harmful plant pests and foreign animal diseases into the United States that could potentially devastate entire segments of the U.S. agriculture-related economy.
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