POSTED: Thursday, July 14, 2011 - 11:47am
UPDATED: Thursday, July 14, 2011 - 5:38pm
EL PASO- CBP officers working at the El Paso port of entry seized pickled pork skins that were hidden in a container of coffee creamer.
The product was seized and the person attempting to smuggle the pork skins was fined $300.
“This item is prohibited because it has the potential for introducing foreign animal diseases to the U.S. pork industry,” said Hector Mancha, El Paso Port Director for U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Since Saturday CBP officers and agricultural specialists working at the El Paso port of entry have made seven seizures of prohibited agricultural products. Violators were assessed penalties totaling $1,825. Prohibited items include pork skins, raw pork, chorizo, apples, avocados, potatoes, and fresh eggs.