BOSTON - On March 19, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations (OFO) at Logan International Airport intercepted a passenger carrying 26 pounds of raw quail eggs.
“This is one of the largest egg seizures on record,” said Boston Area Port Director Helen Sterling. “Once again, our CBP agriculture specialists have successfully intercepted an animal product that had the potential of carrying harmful diseases; in this case, Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) and Newcastle Disease.”
The passenger arrived from Vietnam, and was referred for a secondary inspection by a CBP officer. The traveler declared various foods to an agriculture specialist, who intercepted the massive quantity of eggs packed in rice hulls, another prohibited food item from Vietnam. The eggs and rice hulls were seized and destroyed.
All eggs and egg products originating from countries or regions affected with HPAI must be accompanied by a USDA Veterinary Services (VS) Permit and meet all permit requirements, or be consigned to an approved establishment.
CBP agriculture specialists are the front line in the fight against the introduction of harmful insects and diseases into the U.S. They safeguard American agriculture and our natural resources by stopping plant pests and exotic foreign animal diseases at our nation's borders.
CBP agriculture specialists have extensive training and experience in the biological sciences and agriculture inspection. Please visit Protecting Agriculture for more information about CBP’s mission to protect the nation’s agriculture industry.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.