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Old 07-04-2009, 05:56 AM   #1
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Default Rules for taking food across US border

Does anyone know what food items are allowed and disallowed when traveling into the States or even where to find this info? I phoned the U.S. consulate who told me to phone the border office but no answers there either. Last time they went through our "kitchen" I asked about rules but they would not answer. I know no beef is allowed but what else? They confiscated our garlic although they said we could have kept it if it had been peeled. We are happy to follow the rules but it is hard to plan when you don't know them.
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Old 07-04-2009, 03:01 PM   #2
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Default Re: Rules for taking food across US border

Lou - here's a link that I've kept for reference: ... p_faqid=82

It is an answer to the question "Can I bring in food as a traveler (fruit, cheese, meat, etc)?"

The rules are subject to change depending on disease outbreaks.

Our first stop after crossing the border is a grocery store
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Old 07-05-2009, 09:06 PM   #3
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Remember that pet food also applies to beef or chicken if there is a current health problem concerning these in Canada. Also when returning to Canada I have had to surrender a few onions remaining in the pantry. The border guars noticed onions on my cost cutter receipt .
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Old 07-31-2009, 07:38 PM   #4
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We were advised by a BC Park Ranger to camp on the U.S. side of Osoyoos Lake,in Oroville. What a mistake! We drove across, the US border guard took potatoes and green onions. The campground was not suitable and we drove back less than 1/2 hour later, and the Canadian border guard took EVERYTHING from our fridge! Even though we had purchased it in Osoyoos (because that's where we had planned to camp before being poorly advised by the park ranger). The best rule as far as we're concerned is to take an empty fridge and canned goods. I think Kraft Dinner is pretty much accepted as well.
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Old 08-17-2009, 09:54 PM   #5
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And ignore Park Rangers??
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