Crossing the Border: Leave Your Meat at Home

Winter 2003 CSANews Issue 49  |  Posted date : May 02, 2007.Back to list

We've been getting many calls asking what kind of meat you can take over the border for you trip. Meats, meat products, and animal by-products from ruminant animals of Canadian origin are PROHIBITED. Ruminants include cows, sheep, goats, deer, antelope, moose, elk and caribou.

We've been asked about dog food, homemade spaghetti sauce, frozen lasagna and even about sandwiches in a picnic cooler. As one of our call centre staff put it, "if you're chewing on a corned beef sandwich, they're going to ask you to spit it out."

All fruits, vegetables, plant products, meat products and live animals MUST BE DECLARED at the time of entry into the United States regardless of whether they are allowed or not. You could be assessed a monetary penalty for not declaring all such items.

If you "forget" to declare these items and are found with them in your possession they will be confiscated and you may be fined.