Today in Meat News

October 30th, 2008 by Scott Gold


This (almost) just in from the Associated Press:

Spicy pork sausage found in ‘soiled diapers’ 

McALLEN, Texas (AP) — Customs inspectors scored the makings of a barbecue when a 21-year-old South Texas woman declared several soiled baby diapers at a U.S.-Mexico border crossing.

Suspicious of the chunky diapers, inspectors with U.S. Customs and Border Protection at the international bridge in Hidalgo found several links of spicy pork sausage, or chorizo, inside. The diapers had been folded to look soiled, according to a customs agency statement.

The Mission resident, who was not identified after the Friday night incident, was fined $300 and her chorizo was seized.

On a personal note, I’m fascinated by any news item that ends with the words like that, but doesn’t the phraze “her chorizo was seized” sound a little bit naughty, or is it just me?  Props to the woman, though, for the nearly ingenious thought to hide sausage in diapers.  This is clearly a person who loves her meat.  I’m just sorry it didn’t succeed.  You have to wonder, though…do border agents normally sniff at supposedly soiled diapers?  And if so, how often do they find contraband within?  And how often is that contraband actually savory Mexican delicacies?

It boggles the mind.

5 Responses to “Today in Meat News”

  1. Grace Piper wrote on 11/1/08 at 7:27 pm :

    Love this story. I tried to get some cured sausage out of Paris, but failed.


  2. Ivan Beacco wrote on 11/4/08 at 9:43 pm :

    My boss recently smuggled a cooked “cui” from Ecuador using the old “decoy strategy”.
    When the custom asked him where he was coming from and he said Ecuador they inquired about “any cui” right away. He replied that he wasn’t really into that kind of meat, but he brought a rabbit with him. They proceed seizing his rabbit but failed to search for the cui which was hidden inside the luggage. Genius!

  3. Anna wrote on 02/16/09 at 1:49 am :

    I live here, and it made me laugh. It’s usually really easy to bring in chorizo from Mexico into the states. I mean, they don’t search every part of your car while you’re crossing the border, so any crevice will do.

    Also, being that we literally live ON the border, you can buy chorizo of the same quality at the super markets here, on the Yankee side.


  4. Oficer Brunet wrote on 07/2/09 at 11:04 am :

    Well I am a customs inspector and let me tell you that cui is allowed because is a rodent. We only seize animal meat of agricultural significance (poultry, bovine, swine). Thanks for the info on the chorizo , but it is imposible to search every single vehicle due to the amount of traffic at the border. However, remember its against the law to smuggle prohibited stuff in to the U.S and if you get caught, the consequences are not worth it, Believe me.

  5. Oficer Brunet wrote on 07/2/09 at 11:22 am :

    Oh and I forgot to add….Customs Agriculture Officers are not against carnivores, we love meat. Most of us have animal science degrees. We just whant to protect the country of harmful diseases like foot and mouth disease, END, ASF, CSF, BSE, etc..Just think about it..If those diseases get to OUR farms it means that billions of US$ in meat will be lost, thousands of animals slaughtered (and incinerated), not to mention that your beloved t-bone will cost a fortune.

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