U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has issued “Easter egg regulations” for holiday travelers planning to enter the country via the southwest border with Mexico.
Because “Mexico is affected with Newcastle Disease and Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (aka, bird flu),” the CBP warns it must limit the number of confetti-filled Easter eggs (cascarones) brought into the U.S. to 12 per person:
“With the Easter festivities right around the corner, CBP is reminding the traveling public that cascarones (confetti-filled eggshells) are restricted to quantities of 12 per passenger and the shells may be decorated, etched, or painted but they must be clean, dry, and free of any egg residue.”
“Cascarones are a restricted commodity by CBP in order to prevent further spread of Newcastle Disease and Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) through contaminated eggshells. Newcastle Disease is a highly contagious, fatal viral disease that affects a substantial number of bird species, attacking respiratory, nervous and digestive systems. Mortality is up to 90 percent of exposed birds. HPAI is also a viral disease that can cause exceptionally high mortality.”
Fines for attempting to bring fresh eggs, raw chicken, and live birds or poultry into the U.S from Mexico range from $300 to $1000.