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Carrying Canned Foie Gras into the US

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There is considerable anecdotal discussion extant about whether or not one can bring tinned foie gras into the US from France. The Customs and Border Protection (CBP) website is somewhat ambiguous and, at one point, even defers to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) as being the ultimate decider. The USDA website, in turn, defers to the CBP leaving the traveler in a quandary. Neither is specific, each choosing to warn that regulations are subject to change and that the question of acceptability resides at the actual port of entry and conditions prevalent at the time of entry.

Although my wife and I would like very much to bring home from France some tinned foie gras de canard and some tinned duck confit, we have decided that, barring authoritative documentation from a US government agency which permits us specifically to do so, it would be a risky proposition to take our chances on the whims of an official's mood. We do recognize that, should we take the chance, it is dead essential to declare on our customs forms that we are carrying tins of food and spell out what we have. We also recognize that we face the risk of confiscation based on official whims.

So, with that as a background, is there anyone who has actual and recent (last 12 months) bringing in such goods by air? If so, what airport did you use, please, and what happened? And, does anyone actually have a specific regulation to which you can point me which authorizes the carrying in of such products for personal use.

As I am very familiar with this board, I request respectfully that those who are inclined to tell me to ignore the authorities please spare me that guidance. Iin addition, I am aware fully that a number of people are opposed to foie gras and understand all the arguments for and against. So, again with respect, please spare yourself (and me) the aggravation.


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