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#3160 - 11/14/00 01:32 PM Re: Now in "Smello-vision"
Loc: cary, nc, usa
I had to eat the apple I was carrying before I was allowed in.
I saw a documentary once about US Customs and Agriculture. They were standing in the airport with a dog who was specifically trained to smell out sausage, among other agricultural products, to prevent foreign crop related diseases from comming into the country. I don't remember why sausage was so bad though. I'm sure if you met that lady and that dog, they wouldn't have let you take your flour with you.
#3161 - 11/14/00 02:56 PM Re: Now in "Smello-vision"
Loc: this too shall pass
so the moral of the story is this: it's not just fruit they're blocking, it's just that the typical traveler is more likely to be carrying the casual fruit (no pun!) than vegetables or (say) bags of white stuff disguised as flour.
#3162 - 11/14/00 03:22 PM Re: Now in "Smello-vision"
Loc: rego park
Sausage is banned because we american are so afraid of diseases*, that certain type meats that have been smoked, but not cooked are considered raw, and raw meat could carry diseases-- so its banned, customs to be honest, they will let you take most any thing out--except weird stuff--Cadilac Coupe de ville, ie, Its when you want to bring stuff in they object. So no problem leaving the US with flour-- just don't bring English flour here!
*as an aside, our being parinoid has some use, since USDA blocked british beef right at the start of BSE.
Coming from a irish family, i did get raised on smuggling stories, (how relations smuggled canadian fur coats into Ireland, sans tax and Irish whiskey into England, during WWII) and i smuggled (well i packed it in a suitcase, and forgot to declare it) a 10lb Ham into Japan!
Its not just US customs-- try driving into California with out of state plates.
Its a scene right out of grapes of wrath. the california authorities stop your car and inspect it-- to make sure your not bringing contraband!_________________________
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#3163 - 11/14/00 03:36 PM Re: Now in "Smello-vision"
Loc: Melbourne, Australia
> the word Knead is related to the word Lady
A Lady Kneads a Gentleman like a Fish Kneads a Bicycle?
#3164 - 11/14/00 05:46 PM Re: Now in "Smello-vision"
Jo, I had the same problem driving down to the States on a weekend spree. The border guard specifically asked if we were trying to smuggle in oranges?!?! We canít even grow oranges in Canada. Itís too cold. Plus, we get all our oranges from the U.S. I though maybe you guys just didnít want them back .
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