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27 kilograms of raw meat seized at Pearson airport

06/15/2015 11:38 EDT | Updated 06/15/2016 05:59 EDT
A traveller arriving from Egypt was found at Toronto Pearson International Airport with luggage filled with 27 kilograms of undeclared, raw meat last week.

On June 9, Canada Border Services Agency officers found the partly frozen beef cuts, a whole goose and some smaller avian birds inside luggage.

The meat was found by a detector dog named Scout, in the baggage carousel of Terminal 1.

Any meat, animal hides, fruit, plants or insects must be declared to Canada Border Services agents. CBSA says that uninspected raw meat may damage Canada's food supply, economy, environment and human health.

There are fines of up to $1,300 per undeclared item, but in this case the meat was seized and destroyed, and the traveller was informed that all future meat transport must be declared.

 

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