Agents Seize Horse Meat, Genitals at Airport Outside Capital

S0urce: Multiple

“The women had a combined 42 pounds of horse meat concealed inside juice boxes…”

photo by U.S. Customs and Border Protection

photo by U.S. Customs and Border Protection

STERLING, Va. – Customs agents have seen all sorts of things come through travelers’ baggage. And what they seized from two women at Washington Dulles International Airport last month may take the cake.

On January 29, two women arrived from Mongolia. Customs and Border Protection officers sent them for a routine agriculture examination. What was found inside might turn your stomach.

The women had a combined 42 pounds of horse meat concealed inside juice boxes. That includes 13 pounds of horse genitals that one of the women claimed were for medicinal purposes.

Horse meat is prohibited from entering the country unless the traveler has an official government horse meat certification from the country of origination. The concern is bringing foot and mouth disease into the United States and introducing it to livestock here.

Customs and Border Protection takes no pleasure in seizing and destroying travelers’ food products,” said Wayne Biondi, CBP Port Director for the Area Port of Washington Dulles. “We’re in the business of protecting America’s agriculture industries, like the livestock industry, from the potential introduction of animal diseases posed by these unpermitted food products.”

All of the meat was incinerated.

“Safeguarding America’s agriculture industries, and by extension our nation’s economy, remains an enforcement priority for Customs and Border Protection.  It is a mission that we take very seriously,” said Casey Owen Durst, CBP’s Field Operations Director in Baltimore, the agency’s operational commander in the mid-Atlantic region.

CBP agriculture specialists inspect more than 1 million people coming into the U.S. every day.

19 comments on “Agents Seize Horse Meat, Genitals at Airport Outside Capital

    • Don’t give up Joe, the problem is God gave people ‘Free Will’ but we ‘Will Freely’ make a difference if we keep striving for change. If we keep watch over every horse we can, bear witness and petition change I believe we can make a difference.

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  1. Oh gee..Gotta protect the livestock (cattle) from good and mouth disease… Humans be damned. Still I’m glad they were doing their jobs. Did they DEPORT those women? Did they charge them?

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  2. So why do we allow ANY horsemeat to enter this country?

    What countries and what reasons are given to allow certified horse meat to cross our borders? I can’t think of any to justify this being legal whatsoever.

    Where was this confiscated meat going? Not an honest mistake since it was clearly disguised.

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    • Up to 90 metric tons of horsemeat are imported into the US every month from Canada. They’ve been doing so for years.

      Importing horsemeat for whatever purpose is not illegal, provided you follow the APHIS guidelines for importing animal products.

      Remember that, right now, horsemeat trade and horse slaughter is still legal save in four states, three of them only banning horsemeat trade. The only place in the US where the act of slaughtering horses is illegal is Illinois.

      If you want to stop this -assuming it could be stopped- make sure you don’t vote GOP next elections.

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    • «What countries and what reasons are given to allow certified horse meat to cross our borders? I can’t think of any to justify this being legal whatsoever.»

      Any country, any reason. You only need it to comply with APHIS inspection guidelines. It must come from a country with an inspection system similar or equivalent to the US one, it must come with a veterinary health certificate, the meat should have been inspected and determinted to be free of pests and diseases and so on. Obviously, not every country in the world can do this, but potentially any can.

      Besides that, incidents involving people bringing in animal products (skins, meat, diary products) and exotic plants and their pests are fairly common in any international airport, both in the US and abroad. Note that this is the way exotic species and animal diseases are introduced in different continents, so most countries have procedures in place to prevent these causal imports outside of the official veterinary-inspected circuits. And they always involve confiscating the product and levying a fine.

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      • Interesting, since horses cannot contract FMD (but only potentially carry it), it seems cooking any meat will destroy the virus (it’s not clear in the photo if the horsemeat was cooked or raw). Also not clear if the women involved were US citizens or just travelers from Mongolia.

        I had canned soup confiscated at US Customs once since it contained diced––but very well cooked––bits of beef. Hard to imagine what the threat was there.

        Thanks for the US horsemeat import info, I had no idea this volume was crossing our borders. Perhaps it will soon face a huge import tax.

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      • Frankly, I think the very few travellers from Mongolia that come into the US have better things to do than packing whacky voodoo crap in jugs and giving them a world tour, like for example getting settled in, find jobs and so on. So in all likeliness was American.

        As for the import tax… sorry to rain on a parade but fat chance. It ain’t going to happen. And besides that, the alternative is setting the horse slaughter plants back in the US… so pretty much all options available are bad.

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      • Hey Daniel, it was no parade, just a supposition since our new leader is set to make imports much more costly in the not too distant future. Any idea where the demand is, as in, who is buying those 90 tons/month now? Is this perhaps how horse DNA has ended up in our food supply?

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      • The meat imported from Canada is supposedly for animal feed: large carnivore diets and some brands of dog food. But technically it is not animal byproduct; just cheap meat trimmings that are still edible by humans. It all goes to one place: Nebraska Packing, Inc. You might want to check with them what they do, but they aren’t likely to tell you.

        As for the imports, I’m telling you it is not going to happen, because Trump doesn’t have a clue of what he is doing or is lying or both (most likely both), as suggested by the conversation he had with his team when he hired Goldman Sach’s Gary Cohn:

        «Mr. Cohn also argued that the bold infrastructure projects that Mr. Trump envisioned would need private-industry partners, those people said, in order to avoid weighing down the government with costs.

        That got Mr. Trump’s attention.

        The president-elect turned to the other people in the room — his son-in-law, Jared Kushner; his chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon; his chief of staff, Reince Priebus; and Steven T. Mnuchin, his campaign’s chief fund-raiser and Mr. Trump’s nominee to be Treasury secretary — surprised that his infrastructure ideas had such a potential downside.

        “Is this true?” Mr. Trump asked the group, according to those people. Heads nodded. “Why did I have to wait to have this guy tell me?” he demanded.»

        He is obviously not aware he cannot turn the country into autarky and that imports cannot be stopped -particularly with a strong dollar vs foreign currencies exchange rate that precisely furthers importing stuff- just like he wasn’t aware he cannot carry out his half-assed infrastructure building plan, which amounts to a campaign promise. Autarky is prototypical for thrid-world states managed by nutty dictators, like North Korea or Spain following its civil war in 1939.

        Besides that, when he was referring to customs and imports in the campaign trail, he was likely referring to manufactured goods, particularly high-value ones, like cars or electronics, not agricultural products and other low value-added stuff (not that he is aware of that concept or cares, for that matter) And anyways, it was just a hollow campaign promise to dupe people into voting for him. His whole administration can be summarized in the following motto:

        “Promise until you tap and, once tapped, give nothing of the promised”.

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      • Daniel, you are pretty much preaching to the choir here (though I did learn a new word, thanks!). How DJT imagined he would pay for the massive infrastructure he promised while cutting taxes dramatically and simultaneously imposing import tariffs is a certain recipe for massive inflation. I have read elsewhere he has suggested a lot of toll roads to help pay for the infrastructure improvements – while of course people’s minimum wages won’t rise and the cost of fuel will. Insisting the world consists only of “good” people and “bad” people doesn’t address any of the symptoms causing so much chaos in our world and in fact makes it all more extreme.

        I’m interested to learn more about our importing of Canadian horsemeat – since until recently a lot of the horses originated in the U.S. as we know. Is there some way I can correspond with you directly about this, or would you perhaps submit a separate article for RT to consider publishing here? Thanks for considering it, both of you.

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      • Sure. Feel free to email me personally at fletosojoi at hotmail.com; however this is public information and you can look it up yourself on USDA FAS or Statistics Canada websites.

        As for the toll roads; I have first-hand knowledge that it won’t work. Building toll roads that nobody will use borrowing public money ends up being a huge giveaway to construction companies, and leaves the federal government (or whatever is left of it when Trump is gone) and thus taxpayers to “rescue” them and thus foot the bill; e.g::

        http://www.eldiario.es/economia/fondos-buitre-rescate-autopistas-quebradas_0_607890095.html

        Public infrastructure building is a great idea in certain occasions but it requires robust public sector financing and thus raising taxes, European style (which is NOT bad!). However, Trump government is all about a huge tax cut for the megawealthy (like him, in fact his fortune consists on ripping off others money, make bad investments and then write off the losses) and, principally, force a raise in oil and natural gas prices, which is the only reason Russia and Saudi Arabia put him in the White House.

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      • Besides there are more useful infrastructures to build with public money, like offshore windmill farms, next-generation high-energy physics research facilities (which the US doesn’t have, it relies on European ones), a public, universal healthcare system like in Western Europe, photovoltaic and thermosolar parks, or invest in space research, like next generation propulsion, addressing global warming or establishing a permanent research facility in the Moon or landing a man in Mars.

        However, Trump is frontally opposed to all of this since he is basically anti-science and he is all about making oil prices soar. Nothing else.

        And wages will go further down since, if he wants to meet his goal of bringing some manufacturing industry back, wages will have to go down the toilet to compete with cheaper contries. This is known as internal devaluation and it basically involves dragging US down to a third-world country level to compete with them in their own terms:

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internal_devaluation

        And I can go on, but we will leave that for another day.

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    • She claimed it was medicine… more like whacky quack magic, covered under layers of supersititon and religion, so I’ve got the impression this was likely for her “man”…. when they already got pills for that kind of issue.

      This planet is doomed unless people stops believing in psedoscience and similar crap.

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