Customs and Border Protection agents would like you to know that the 12-pound swine leg in your luggage is going to raise red flags.
As it did recently at Philadelphia International Airport, where a passenger from Spain tried to bring in a swing leg, bone and hoof and all.
“It’s prohibited, but there’s nothing unusual about passengers trying to bring pork products back to the United States from Spain,” according to CBP officials. “Swine products from Spain cannot be imported to the United States without proper certificates because of concerns with foreign animal diseases such as Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy and Classical Swine Fever.”
So what’s the penalty for certificate-less pig parts? Anywhere between $300 and $500.