EL PASO, Texas (Border Report) — A big batch of bologna was blocked from crossing the border Thursday morning.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers staffing the Bridge of the Americas in South El Paso seized 14 rolls of Mexican pork bologna, which along with other pork products is prohibited because of the potential for introducing foreign animal diseases to the U.S. pork industry.
When asked what he was bringing from Mexico, the driver of a pickup with Texas license plates said he had frozen rolls of turkey ham, which
“It is important that travelers understand they should declare all items they are transporting from abroad to avoid fines and penalties. A properly declared prohibited item can be abandoned at the port without consequence,” CBP El Paso Port Director Beverly Good said in a statement.
According to a news release, CBP is entrusted with enforcing hundreds of laws of 40 other government agencies, including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which require that unsafe items are not allowed to enter the United States.