Delicious: Customs Confiscated a Whole Roast Pig in Atlanta

A Customs and Border Protection beagle ‘alarmed’ at the luggage of an Ecuadorian traveler entering the U.S. through the Atlanta airport on Thursday and found a whole roast pig in their luggage.

It was spotted by a 6 year old beagle named Hardy, who thought the bag smelled delicious. However agents seized the two pound pig and destroyed it, which is a shame because no one got to eat it for dinner — neither the beagles nor customs staff.

Credit: Customs and Border Protection

Credit: Customs and Border Protection

Hardy has worked in the Atlanta airport since 2015 when he was 3 years old.

US customs does not permit pork products to be brought into the United States, which is sort of a shame especially now that there are non-stop flights from Singapore to 3 U.S. gateways since you can get deliciousness in the Singapore Changi airport.

If you do want to bring food into the U.S. you have to declare it. Contra much reporting on the roast pig, there are limited instances where pork can enter the country. For instance commercially canned pork may be allowed into the U.S. if it has been cooked and that’s indicated on the label.

Beef is more welcome, provided it’s commercially packaged and identifiable as coming from a country not known to be infected with food-and-mouth disease or Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy.

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  1. You know, the only reason canned pork is allowed in is because of US exports of SPAM and lobbied under a reciprocal basis. Bless American notions of free trade

  2. “The dog: FINALLY! All my years of hard work are about to pay off!” ROFL – yea this was probably the this dog’s best day at work ever!

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