UNDECLARED pork sausage and donkey glue have cost an airline passenger entry into Australia and a $3300 fine.
On Sunday 7 May 2023, biosecurity officers found the traveller at Perth International Airport with more than 1.8kg of pork sausage and 360g of donkey glue despite declaring nothing on the incoming passenger card.
Biosecurity officers issued the passenger with a $3,300 infringement notice and referred the passenger to the Australian Border Force for visa cancellation.
Department secretary and Australia’s director of biosecurity, Andrew Metcalfe said biosecurity officers are working tirelessly to we keep Foot and Mouth Disease and other diseases out of our country.
“Everyone entering Australia needs to remember this.
“Our message is loud and clear – if you are in doubt, declare your items,” he said.
“It’s the safest option.
“We will be checking, and we are grateful that the vast majority of travellers do the right thing” Mr Metcalfe said.
Deputy secretary, biosecurity and compliance group, Dr Chris Locke said travellers who have their visa cancelled are removed from Australia on the earliest available flight and can face an exclusion period of three years before they are able to reapply for a visa.
“The threat of Foot and Mouth Disease and Lumpy Skin Disease haven’t gone away – the threats that we face at our borders are real and the work our biosecurity officers do every day prevents these diseases and pests from coming into our country.”
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