U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations Agriculture Specialists working at the El Paso area port of entry seized 49 rolls of Mexican bologna and an additional nine rolls of Mexican pork/poultry cold cuts in two different seizures last week.
The meats are prohibited for personal importation because they are made from pork and poultry and have the potential for introducing foreign animal diseases to the U.S.
The first seizure was made May 13 at the Ysleta port of entry when the driver of a GMC Acadia arrived from Mexico.
According to officials, the driver initially did not declare any agricultural/food items during the primary inspection. The vehicle was referred to the secondary inspection area.
A CBP agriculture specialist found 35 rolls of pork bologna (350 pounds) and nine rolls of pork/poultry cold cuts (99 pounds) in the back seat and cargo area of the SUV covered by blankets and other personal items.
The meat was seized by CBP and destroyed. Officials add that no penalty was assesse, because the driver did declare the goods.
The second seizure was made May 14 at Bridge of the Americas when the driver of a Toyota Sienna arrived from Mexico. The driver did not declare any goods during the primary or secondary inspection.
CBP officers searched the vehicle and found 14 rolls of bologna (141 pounds), mixed with clothes in the rear storage area of the vehicle.
“Travelers should declare all items they are transporting from abroad to avoid fines and penalties. A properly declared prohibited item can be abandoned at the port without consequence,” said CBP El Paso Director of Field Operations Hector Mancha.
The prohibited agricultural products were seized by CBP and destroyed. The case remains under review.
According to the CBP’s website, meat products – or any products made with meat – are not permitted to cross at any Port of Entry.
There are restrictions on the animal products that travelers may bring into the United States. All decisions about the admissibility of animal products are dependent on disease conditions in their country of origin or the country where the products were processed and/or packaged. Because disease conditions can change at a moment’s notice, travelers who purchase such goods must be prepared for the fact that the goods may be confiscated during customs clearance.
The importation of fresh, dried or canned meats or meat products is generally not allowed from most foreign countries into the United States. This includes products that have been prepared with meat.