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The staple food for millions of American families, the egg, in some cities over $8 a dozena reason that has turned food into a clandestine product and has begun to be smuggled across the southern border.
According to officials of Customs and Border ProtectionCBP, there has been a 108% increase in eggs seized at ports of entry in the last four months, Border Report reported.
CBP spokesman, Roger Maier, revealed to Post the increase in cases of food trafficking “in the last week where the eggs were not declared and then discovered during an inspection.”
Throught social media, CBP has informed citizens that the entry of raw eggs from Mexico into the United States can generate a fine of up to $10,000 while those who buy the product will receive a penalty of $300 and are urged not to buy eggs despite the tempting offer that goes from $3 per container of 30 pieces.
The rise in the price of eggs is due to the double whammy of inflation and the shortage of chickens.
“They have to understand (that) it is a prohibited product. We’re not going to let him in.” said Charles Payne, CBP agricultural supervisor, who also noted that raw meat or eggs have never been allowed into the country to prevent disease.