Customs seizes 26 pounds of eggs at Boston LoganDate: April 1, 2015 | Category:
According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, agents seized 26 pounds of quail eggs from a passenger traveling through Boston Logan airport on March 19, 2015.
The traveler was coming through Boston by way of Vietnam. His stash of eggs was packed in rice hulls, both of which are not allowed into the country. They were destroyed in order to prevent agricultural contamination such Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (bird flu) and Newcastle Disease.
If you are traveling with food from other countries, be sure to check if your items are allowed or prohibited. The Transportation Security Administration and CBP agents have the ability to take these items, and they will not be returned to you.
Some items are allowed to enter the country if they have been certified by a U.S. Department of Agriculture Services Permit.
The eggs were raw and are often eaten by Asian individuals because they are supposedly better for you than chicken eggs. When the items were seized, they were likely incinerated to remove any possibility of contaminating U.S. soil.
According to the Boston Area Port Director Helen Sterling, this was one of CBP's biggest egg seizures on record.