Food smuggling a concern along border

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- Food smuggling along the U.S.-Mexico border is becoming a growing concern for Mexican health inspectors.

A recent outbreak of bird flu in western Mexico has caused the price of eggs and chicken to rise. With prices increasing, many people are traveling into the United States to save money.

Crossing the border with certain items, like eggs, is prohibited by both Mexico and the U.S. as a way to prevent the spread of animal and plant diseases.

While many people simply don’t realize their items are prohibited, there are those who are deliberately trying to bring banned foods across the border.

Border inspectors say it’s not uncommon to find food hidden under seats and in spare tires.

Mexico has taken action to try to prevent the spread of bird flu, and hopefully reduce the number of people who are smuggling food.

More than 80,000 chickens have been vaccinated, while more than 8,000,000 chickens infected with bird flu have been destroyed.