According to an article posted on the latimes.com web portal on Wednesday November 18th, a passenger at Los Angeles International Airport was detained when he tried to smuggle pork tamales into the U.S. from Mexico.
The passenger arrived from Mexico on Monday November 2nd, and was stopped by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists, who found 450 pork tamales wrapped in plastic bags in the passenger’s luggage.
The passenger apparently denied that the tamales were made with pork, which is on the list of products that travelers may not bring into the country under customs regulations.
For many Mexican American families, tamales are a quintessential holiday tradition. Making a batch takes days of planning and exhaustive preparation — all for a tasty bite of corn masa, red chile mole and pork, beef or chicken.
The passenger would have been in the clear had he tried to bring sweet tamales – or those all “masa” ones that always seem to be left over.
But bringing pork from another country into the United States carries potentially serious health risks, according to Customs and Border Protection.
“Although tamales are a popular holiday tradition, foreign meat products can carry serious animal diseases from countries affected by outbreaks of Avian influenza, mad cow and swine fever,” Anne Maricich, the agency’s acting field operations director in Los Angeles, said in a statement.
“Every day, CBP agriculture specialists prevent the intentional and unintentional introduction of harmful pests and foreign animal diseases into the U.S.,” she said.
Avian influenza, or bird flu, can spread rapidly to chickens and turkeys, infecting people who had contacts with the birds. Mad cow disease is a brain disorder that affects adult cattle and spreads to people through diseased meat. Swine fever is a highly-contagious and fatal disease affecting pigs.
The diseases could have devastating effects on the U.S. cattle and bird populations, according to the Food and Drug Administration.
The passenger, who was not identified, was fined $1,000 because authorities believed the tamales were going to be sold and distributed.
As for the tamales, all 450 of them were destroyed. The tamales were literally “incinerated,” a Customs and Border Protection spokesman said.
Story by Veronica Rocha for the LA Times
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