SAN DIEGO, California. (KWTH) – US Customs and Border Protection is reminding travelers that certain agricultural products, such as raw eggs and poultry from Mexico, are prohibited from entering the United States, and failure to declare these items may result in monetary penalties.
“There has been a significant increase in the number of prohibited foods, such as raw eggs and raw poultry meat, brought by travelers from Mexico. We’d like to remind travelers that federal farm regulations remain in effect,” said Jennifer De La O, CBP’s director of field operations in San Diego.
According to the USDA Economic Research Service, the reason for the rise in prices for eggs and poultry is the ongoing outbreak of bird flu. The USDA confirms that this outbreak has killed more than 57 million birds, mostly chickens and turkeys, in the United States alone.
The USDA says this is the deadliest outbreak of avian influenza in history, and while the current outbreak of avian influenza is thought to have originally been spread by wild birds, previous outbreaks of this and other avian diseases such as Newcastle disease have been linked to human movement of birds. . and poultry products. Even a dirty birdcage or used egg carton can potentially spread these diseases.
The San Diego field office has recently noticed an increase in the number of eggs intercepted at our points of entry. We remind you that the import of raw eggs from Mexico into the United States is prohibited. Failure to declare agricultural commodities can result in a fine of up to $10,000. pic.twitter.com/ukMUvyKDmL
— Director of Field Operations Jennifer De La O (@DFOSanDiegoCA) January 18, 2023
Reducing the impact of the outbreak is paramount and preventing spread, including banning the import of items that could spread the disease from other countries.
CBP encourages travelers to declare all agricultural items to a CBP officer upon arrival to avoid fines.
Travelers should not attempt to bring fruit, vegetables, or meat into the United States without first confirming that they are permitted. Raw eggs and poultry from Mexico are prohibited and will be confiscated at the port.
In a CBS News article, the number of raw egg seizures at U.S. borders jumped more than 100% in the last three months of 2022.
The report says that a box of 30 eggs in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico costs $3.40.
In addition, travelers may bring in permitted food from Mexico through a passenger port of entry if the food is for personal use only.
Food imported for commercial purposes (intended for resale or distribution, not for personal use) must be brought into the cargo facility.
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