Swine meat and edible bird's nests seized at John F. Kennedy International Airport
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agriculture specialists at John F. Kennedy International Airport seized more than 20 pounds of swine meat, and 30 containers of edible bird's nests from a passenger arriving on a flight from China.
On Jan. 4, a passenger declared meat to a CBP agriculture specialist but indicated no other food products. During the subsequent examination, the meat was confirmed to be prohibited. In addition, 30 containers of a food product known as bird's nests were discovered. These real bird's nests are produced around the world as a delicacy for human consumption, authorities say.
Bird's nests are prohibited in passenger baggage as they lack the proper documentation and safeguards to insure they do not pose a risk to U.S. agriculture. CBP personnel seized all of the prohibited items, and say they will be destroyed.
Authorities issued the passenger a mitigated civil penalty for failing to declare the prohibited bird's nests.