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Foie gras on airplanes

post #1 of 22
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What's the real story? I've had US customs agents clearly note I had tinned or jarred foie gras, and they let me keep it. Yet it appears it might not be allowed, although the language of the Customs office website is not terribly clear.
post #2 of 22
I think it has more to do with the fact that it is in the category of "agricultural product, seed, animal product, food, insect" (if I remember the customs form correctly).
When I was a student they would search me almost every damn time once I noted food on the form (returning from home to Arizona). Did not matter what I would tell them.
post #3 of 22
although this is not anything that I would do, and it would be downright wrong to suggest this, I have heard, other people, mind you, suggest that, since the worst thing that the customs people ever do to you is confiscate food stuff, it may very well pay no forget to mention food stuff when you come into the country.
post #4 of 22
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Originally Posted by globetrotter
although this is not anything that I would do, and it would be downright wrong to suggest this, I have heard, other people, mind you, suggest that, since the worst thing that the customs people ever do to you is confiscate food stuff, it may very well pay no forget to mention food stuff when you come into the country.

Depends on where you are coming from, also.
post #5 of 22
a few weeks ago a customs beagle sniffed a, uh, friends, bag in the airport coming from amsterdam. rumour has it that that, uh, friends bag had a kilo of 3 year old guada cheese in it. dog didn't notice.
post #6 of 22
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Originally Posted by globetrotter
a few weeks ago a customs beagle sniffed a, uh, friends, bag in the airport coming from amsterdam. rumour has it that that, uh, friends bag had a kilo of 3 year old guada cheese in it. dog didn't notice.

post #7 of 22
If customs has a dog that is trained at sniffing out foie gras, then . . . where can I get one?
post #8 of 22
I would like to eat foie gras while flying over Chicago airspace.
post #9 of 22
The dogs really go for produce. Just got back from Italy a month ago and went after this gentleman from another flight who had what appeared to be a citrus fruit of some sort. This caused me to remember the banana I purchased and all I did was profess to having it and they chucked it. No fines. Now, you may have to put a value on it and pay duties if your total is over the limit.
post #10 of 22
My relatives have a habit of bringing sizeable amounts of foreign hams, smoked meats, preserved organs, and things of that nature covered up in tin foil, and wrapped several times in thick clothing. Of course, they would declare nothing.
post #11 of 22
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Originally Posted by globetrotter
a few weeks ago a customs beagle sniffed a, uh, friends, bag in the airport coming from amsterdam. rumour has it that that, uh, friends bag had a kilo of 3 year old guada cheese in it. dog didn't notice.

aaahhhh.... i LOVE the smell of old guada cheese. gives me such a light airy buzz.....
post #12 of 22
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Originally Posted by LabelKing
My relatives have a habit of bringing sizeable amounts of foreign hams, smoked meats, preserved organs, and things of that nature covered up in tin foil, and wrapped several times in thick clothing. Of course, they would declare nothing.

Preserved organs? I trust they're not smuggling kidneys for black-market transplants.

Of course, would probably be completely safe.
post #13 of 22
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Originally Posted by Nantucket Red

Of course, would probably be completely safe.

in some cultures, IS foie gras!
post #14 of 22
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Originally Posted by acidicboy
in some cultures, IS foie gras!

Wow, just think of all the foie gras that ends up in your junk mail box!
post #15 of 22
Force-feeding spam seems cruel and inhumane.
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