El Paso, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Agricultural specialists assigned to the Paso del Norte and Isleta border crossings, both in El Paso, recently confiscated 243 pounds of banned bologna pork in two separate, unrelated incidents, according to a US Customs and Border Protection press release.
Field Operations Director Hector A. Mancha: “Pork products have the potential to introduce exotic animal diseases that can have devastating effects on the US economy and our agricultural industry.” “We are asking travelers to declare any items obtained abroad so that we can prevent the introduction of potentially harmful products.”
An initial discovery was made on January 13, CBP said, when a US citizen and resident of Albuquerque, New Mexico, presented himself for a vehicle search at the Paso del Norte border crossing. After a negative acknowledgment of fruits, vegetables and meat products, the driver was referred to a secondary agricultural inspection.
Both individuals were issued civil fines of $1,000 for non-disclosure of commercial quantities from Bologna. Bologna was seized and destroyed by CBP in accordance with USDA regulations.