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What Happens to Illegal Food Confiscated by U.S. Customs?

Inside border patrol's most delicious operation

Are you traveling throughout, into, or out of the United States this month? You'll encounter personnel from both the Transportation Security Administration and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. TSA wants you to discard your water bottles and remove your shoes; Customs is concerned primarily with drugs and explosives, but food and agricultural products are also often a reason for why passengers may be stopped and searched. That Parma ham and stinky French brie you wrapped in your socks might make it through, but they might not. Fruits (which contain seeds, an agricultural concern) along with vegetables, rice, cured meat, and anything that could contain an invasive species of insect is confiscated. But after it's placed into contraband bins, what happens to it? Customs is not having a picnic behind the scenes. Watch the clip above to find out where thousands of pounds of food ends up after Customs officials at JFK remove it from passengers' bags.

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