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Foie gras on airplanes

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by Fabienne, Sep 19, 2006.

  1. Fabienne

    Fabienne Senior member

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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.
     
  2. skalogre

    skalogre Senior member

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    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.
     
  3. globetrotter

    globetrotter Senior member

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    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.
     
  4. skalogre

    skalogre Senior member

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    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.
     
  5. globetrotter

    globetrotter Senior member

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    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.
     
  6. skalogre

    skalogre Senior member

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    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.

    [​IMG]
     
  7. TCN

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    If customs has a dog that is trained at sniffing out foie gras, then . . . where can I get one? [​IMG]
     
  8. Kent Wang

    Kent Wang Senior member Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    I would like to eat foie gras while flying over Chicago airspace.
     
  9. Seersucker

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    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.
     
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    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.
     
  11. acidboy

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    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.....
     
  12. Nantucket Red

    Nantucket Red Senior member

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    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, [​IMG] would probably be completely safe.
     
  13. acidboy

    acidboy Senior member

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    Of course, [​IMG] would probably be completely safe.


    in some cultures, [​IMG] IS foie gras!
     
  14. Nantucket Red

    Nantucket Red Senior member

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    in some cultures, [​IMG] IS foie gras!

    Wow, just think of all the foie gras that ends up in your junk mail box!
     
  15. Kent Wang

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    Force-feeding spam seems cruel and inhumane.
     
  16. Fabienne

    Fabienne Senior member

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    Tried to call Customs, was disconnected twice. I would really like to know once and for all instead of wondering if the next time I do this, I'll end up wasting upwards of 150 euros.
     
  17. globetrotter

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    Tried to call Customs, was disconnected twice. I would really like to know once and for all instead of wondering if the next time I do this, I'll end up wasting upwards of 150 euros.


    Fab,

    it doesn't matter what they tell you on the phone - somebody with a high school education, making less than a correctional officer, possibly at the end of an 8 hour shift, who doesn't read any forign languages, will make the call in the airport.

    you might as well flip a coin.
     
  18. Kent Wang

    Kent Wang Senior member Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    Where does all the confiscated food go?
     
  19. skalogre

    skalogre Senior member

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    Where does all the confiscated food go?

    I think we all know the answer to that. My guess is that quite a few staffers have weight or cholesterol problems :-D
     
  20. Fabienne

    Fabienne Senior member

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    Fab,

    it doesn't matter what they tell you on the phone - somebody with a high school education, making less than a correctional officer, possibly at the end of an 8 hour shift, who doesn't read any forign languages, will make the call in the airport.

    you might as well flip a coin.


    Sigh. You're probably right. I guess I'll try to keep my potential losses low.

    My plan is, if I get caught, to retrieve my Swiss Army knife from my suicase, cut slices of foie gras, pull out crackers or bread, and pass canapÃ[​IMG]s around.
     

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