Keep banned food items out of US

(Photo by Be aware of what items you can ship.

(Photo by Be aware of what items you can ship.

Personnel shipping house­hold goods to the United States this summer should be careful when packing the contents of their kitchen, agriculture of­ficials advise. The Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issues fines of $100 to $1,000 to first-time offenders who ignore the strict rules that apply to sending food products stateside.

“Red meats, sausages, pâtés and salami can harbor animal viruses, even if canned, and are therefore barred from import,” said Julie Aliaga-Milos, U.S. Department of Agriculture adviser to the U.S. European Command. Even pasta or soup mixes that contain dried meat are not allowed, she added.

Fresh fruits and vegetables may not be sent to the U.S. in household goods either.

However, you can ship processed fruit and vegetable products such as canned fruit, olive oil, mustard and canned or processed sauces. There are no restrictions on fish or mush­rooms either, Aliaga-Milos added. Commercially produced dried herbs and spices, tea, roasted coffee, cured cheeses, cakes, candies, cookies and roasted nuts are also okay.

To find out more about im­porting food, plant and animal products into the U. S., visit the CBP website at travel/international-visitors/agricultural-items.