CBP ag specialists prevent smuggled products from entering U.S.

A few of the products seized included seeds for planting accompanied by soil, balut eggs, and hot dogs.

 

National Hog Farmer

Jul 21, 2021

 

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agriculture Specialists (CBPAS) reported this week that it issued 246 emergency action notifications during the second quarter of 2021. Emergency Action Notifications (EAN) alert trade entities of non-compliance with Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) regulations. The EAN provides options for phytosanitary actions that must be taken to prevent the entry of plant pests, prohibited plant products, or animal products capable of introducing foreign animal diseases.

 

During the inspection of rail containers in International Falls, Minnesota, CBPAS intercepted more than 18,500 pounds of smuggled animal products. The animal products were seized because they were not manifested and lacked the required import permits and health certificates. A few of the products seized included seeds for planting accompanied by soil, balut eggs, and hot dogs.

 

CBPAS in Portal, North Dakota, found Camaenidae, a land snail, within a shipment of excavator parts from China. According to APHIS, the snail is a pest to numerous crops and vegetation. The container and contents were returned to China.

 

CBPAS in Pembina discovered a shipment of prohibited pork products from British Columbia. The product is referred to as “Fried Isaw” and is usually found in Asian food markets.  The shipment did not have the required health certificates to enter the United States...

 

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