CBP seizes bird eggs at Sky Harbor Airport

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists assigned seized a box of raw bird eggs Wednesday at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.
CBP officers at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport referred a passenger on an international flight from Kenya via London for an intensive agriculture inspection upon arrival.

An agriculture specialist located a plastic box inside a suitcase containing 103 small eggs. When asked, the owner claimed they were to be used as medicine for her heart.

The prohibited eggs were seized as "Prohibited and Restricted Importations of Animals and Animal Products." The regulation restricts importation of meat; milk and milk products; meat products of swine; meat and eggs of poultry; organs; glands; and regulated garbage.
The woman was not assessed a penalty but was informed not to bring these items in the future and of the need to declare all food items promptly, or risk a penalty. The passenger was released without further incident. The eggs were destroyed as per port policy.