The smuggler in question addmitted to having food, but denied it was pork to customs officials. For this slight, he was fined $1000 and the tamales were destroyed. Why such a harsh response?
“Although tamales are a popular holiday tradition, foreign meat products can carry serious animal diseases from countries affected by outbreaks of Avian Influenza, Mad Cow and Swine Fever,” said Anne Maricich, acting director of field operations for Customs.
With that much on the line, the response makes a lot more sense. Shame too. I could really go for some tamales now.