That’s a lot of pork! A traveller entering Canada got slapped with a pretty hefty fine after they were found to be smuggling 9.5 kilograms of pork across the border.
In a notice shared on Tuesday, January 19, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency shared some details about the super-meaty discovery.
Wow! 9.5kg of smuggled pork was found by @CanBorder #DetectorDog Olga in the lining of a suitcase. The traveller wa… https://t.co/whS8F8t3Ix— Canadian Food Inspection Agency (@Canadian Food Inspection Agency) 1611072306.0
The federal agency explained that 9.5 kilograms of “smuggled pork” had been discovered by a Canadian detector dog named Olga in the lining of a suitcase.
“The traveller was issued the max monetary penalty for their undeclared pork products,” reads the tweet.
According to the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), the maximum penalty for bringing undeclared meat into Canada is $1,300.
Smuggling goods like pork could even lead to prosecution!
Packing pig products is dangerous, says the CBSA, because it could bring African Swine Fever into Canada.
It’s a “highly-contagious viral disease of pigs (including farm, pets and wild pigs). It causes significant death rates in infected pigs and can contaminate swine herds in various ways,” explains the agency’s website.
Best to leave all your sausages at home next time, eh?
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