CBP Specialist at DFW Intercept Prohibited Food
Fresh oranges, mooncakes, onions, rice crackers among items destroyed
DALLAS – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agriculture specialists from the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) found a variety of prohibited plant and animal products in a passenger’s checked baggage.
The passenger was traveling from Vietnam through South Korea. When he arrived at DFW on Sep. 9, CBP agriculture specialists referred him for further inspection. The passenger did not declare any agriculture items; however, during the inspection, CBP agriculture specialists found several prohibited items including three Vietnamese oranges (Cam sanh), rice crackers with dry shredded pork, 2.2 pounds of mooncakes with pork meat, and 3.5 pounds of onion bulbs.
“CBP agriculture specialists are the first line in the effort to prevent prohibited items from entering the United States and harming crops and animals,” said Acting Area Port Director Timothy Johnson. “Passengers are provided multiple opportunities to provide a truthful declaration. When they fail to do so, they are putting the U.S. agriculture industry at risk.”
Citrus from other countries may carry plant diseases such as citrus canker and pork and its by-products can be infested with foreign animal diseases such as African Swine Fever both of which, if introduced, could harm U.S. agricultural resources.
CBP assessed the passenger a $300 penalty for failure to declare. The prohibited food was destroyed. On a typical day in fiscal year 2018, CBP agriculture specialists discovered 319 pests at U.S. ports of entry and 4,552 materials for quarantine: plant, meat, animal byproduct, and soil.
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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.