Bringing foreign food home

Old Jun 14th, 2006, 08:33 AM
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Posts: 23,573
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Bringing foreign food home

Today's San Francisco Chronicle has a very informative article on what you can, can't, should, and shouldn't bring back from foreign countries. Here's the link:

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/articl...DG0JJ8SI71.DTL
Underhill is offline  
Old Jun 14th, 2006, 08:41 AM
  #2  
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 1,942
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
thanks for the info!
ilovetotravel29 is offline  
Old Jun 14th, 2006, 08:49 AM
  #3  
ira
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 74,699
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Hi U,

This is the first time I've heard anyone say that you can't bring back tinned foie gras.

ira is offline  
Old Jun 14th, 2006, 08:52 AM
  #4  
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 6,260
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I get the definite impression that there is a certain amount of subjectivity involved which in my own experience isn't all that new when it comes to US Customs agents.
Intrepid1 is offline  
Old Jun 14th, 2006, 08:54 AM
  #5  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Posts: 23,573
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I don't think it's so much Customs as it is the Ag people. The only time we had an extended discussion with Customs was when we brought back some antique Japanese wood-block prints, and that was because the agent in training didn't know much about that type of art. But food products...that can take time.
Underhill is offline  
Old Jun 14th, 2006, 08:57 AM
  #6  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 6,127
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Subjectivity meaning that if the agent decides he/she likes what you are bringing it, only then it's considered illegal?
francophile03 is offline  
Old Jun 14th, 2006, 09:01 AM
  #7  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 34,373
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
That was an interesting article because at least it included some personal quotes from customs people at the airport, it wasn't just the reporter's take on things. Lot of newspapers and reporters get things wrong.

However, even that agent said that the rules on tinned foie gras were not clear and confusing, but that at SF, in any case, it is taken. This is obviously the problem of the USDA or whoever makes the rules, because it would be very easy to just state a clear rule on that product.
Christina is online now  
Old Jun 14th, 2006, 09:11 AM
  #8  
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 1,880
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
On a recent trip from overseas while waiting at baggage I witnessed a little beagle officer complete with badge, with his handler (it was very cute) bust 4 different people bringing in food. The customs officer took pretty much everything. That little dog just sniffed around and then sat next to the bag with food in it. I couldn't help giggle because he did his job so well.Though the people who had their food items taken in probably didn't find it amusing.
laartista is offline  
Old Jun 14th, 2006, 09:21 AM
  #9  
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 6,260
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
When the "rules" are "confusiong" how could anything BUT subjectivity not rear its ugly head.

I'm certain the reason Ira had never heard about the tinned f.g. is because he didn't run into the "right" agent....YET!
Intrepid1 is offline  
Old Jun 14th, 2006, 09:35 AM
  #10  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 3,580
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
We went through customs in Cincinnati last week and admitted to bringing in food, afraid the puppy would rat us out, and we were sent to the agricultural guy.
He asked what food we had and we told him we had chocolate, olives, mustard and crackers. He then asked if we had any foie gras and we did not, so can't say what he would have done if we said yes. I've never been asked that specific question before.
Judy is offline  
Old Jun 14th, 2006, 09:45 AM
  #11  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 6,127
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
laartista, was that beagle officer at SFO because a beagle officer sniffed out my croissants which were in my backpack, but this was in 2004. He got alot of people who were just waiting for their luggage too.
francophile03 is offline  
Old Jun 14th, 2006, 09:52 AM
  #12  
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 644
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I am glad to hear honey should be ok - I just packed 7 large tins of Greek honey into my check luggage. I would be really upset if it got yanked - I had to throw away 2 pairs of pants, 3 shirts and a towel to get them to fit - lol!



murphy89 is offline  
Old Jun 14th, 2006, 09:57 AM
  #13  
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Posts: 2,630
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
OK, so I can't bring tinned fois gras in my luggage (whatever...) but I can buy it at a hyper-snob grocery in town...

Same brand, same size, ... wonder how come?
SuzieC is offline  
Old Jun 14th, 2006, 09:59 AM
  #14  
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 1,880
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Hey franco

No, he was at Newark.
laartista is offline  
Old Jun 14th, 2006, 10:03 AM
  #15  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 6,127
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Must have been his sibling working at SFO then unless he moved. He was good!
francophile03 is offline  
Old Jun 14th, 2006, 10:08 AM
  #16  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 530
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I brought back some tinned fois gras from my last trip to Paris, all the while assuming I would get caught. Fortunately, I didn't. Any more, it seems, it's just not worth the trouble to bring back food, no matter how safe it surely is (like the vacuum-sealed and fully cooked sausage I attempted to bring home from Germany - the customs guys had a nice lunch that day).

Thanks for the link to that SF Chronicle article.
flsd is offline  
Old Jun 14th, 2006, 10:11 AM
  #17  
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Posts: 3,500
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Hey murphy,

We brought back several jars of honey and listed it on our customs form - no one even batted so much as an eyelash. I do wish I'd brought home a jar of marinated olives. I wasn't sure if they would be allowed so I didn't buy any. Next time!
TexasAggie is offline  
Old Jun 14th, 2006, 10:15 AM
  #18  
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 644
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Hey good to know TexasAggie - oooh the honey hear is heavenly. I wonder if I can squeeze a few more tins into my carryon.....

Cheers!

Murph
murphy89 is offline  
Old Jun 14th, 2006, 10:21 AM
  #19  
 
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 22,302
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Suzie, I never understood that issue of the fois gras you mentioned. We can buy so many imported meats in the US, prosciutto and speck, to name just two, yet they are supposedly illegal for an individual to import. I think it may have to do with the sources of those meats being USDA certified; this is the case with Jamon Iberico, which US vendors will be allowed to import next year, after the USDA has put their seal of approval on the processing plant which I believe is in Denmark of all places.. And of course, markets are filled with imported fruits and vegetables yet an individual traveler cannot bring them home. I am sure the importers have filled out lots of paperwork!

ekscrunchy is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Original Poster
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Aduchamp1
Europe
10
Sep 17th, 2010 10:26 AM
sv
Australia & the Pacific
11
Nov 4th, 2007 12:20 PM
Joanne34
Australia & the Pacific
16
Dec 3rd, 2005 02:19 AM
Excite2
Australia & the Pacific
8
Nov 9th, 2005 02:44 PM
limeflotsam
Asia
4
Jul 2nd, 2005 09:19 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Do Not Sell My Personal Information