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Posted: 12:06 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013
By Jesse Martinez
EL PASO, Texas —
Following the recent seizure of more than 200 pounds of cheese, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers said these types of seizures are common.Officials said they confiscate a lot of apples, oranges and other fruits as well as meats, especially pork products.They said these items are not allowed into the United States because they could harm U.S. agriculture."They're not allowed to come in because they may have an insect or a disease that would cause harm to U.S. agriculture," said Glen Cordova, agriculture specialist for CBP.CBP officers search incoming food products for agricultural pests and not for food-borne illnesses such as E. coli and salmonella.The food that is confiscated is then properly disposed of by being incinerated, steamed, sterilized or put through a garbage disposal.The food cannot be donated because it is not tested to make sure it is safe for human consumption.
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