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Old 11-02-2016, 07:06 AM   #1
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Question for Canadians?

I've cross the border into the US many times, I have for a long time been of the mind that it is better not to take any food, but, I am getting ready to leave for the winter and would like to ask others what they do. I know not to even think about fresh fruits and veggies but wonder about frozen veggies and even frozen meats and fish and is there a difference in cooked verses uncooked meats. Any experience from others would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 11-02-2016, 08:15 AM   #2
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from my experience...frozen vs fresh makes no difference. I have had frozen meat confiscated. There or so many variances in what is allowed and not with regards to fruits and veggies that you are doing the right thing by taking none and buy down there once you have crossed. With regards to meats and even the frozen variety, big thing seems to be that they have to be able to identify what it is and where it is from, so if you have split up packages of meats and put them in separate freezer bags then they can no longer identify.

Pet foods must be in original packaging...anything made from lamb or goat is prohibited.

Rice is also an issue, as is many other nut and seed products.

If you PM me your email address, I can scan and send you a sheet that US Customs gave me last month with regards to what is and what isn't allowed. It was given to me after they confiscated our green peppers last month.
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Old 11-02-2016, 08:20 AM   #3
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In reading the sheet I referred to in previous post, it states..."Most frozen and canned vegetables are allowed."

It also says..."Seafood, eggs, milk, and cheese from Canada are allowed." Of importance here is that they MUST be able to identify that it is a product of Canada...so that means original packaging.
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Old 11-02-2016, 11:57 AM   #4
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Thanks I just pm my e-mail.
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I see this got moved, don't know where to though. Where ever it went responses stopped.
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Thanks I just pm my e-mail.
Just sent it to you.
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I have made the crossing in to the US numerous times and the only meats they most definitely do not allow is either goat and mutton. Not that I have ever tried to take that in but that is what was identified to us earlier this year. Steak and other meat are fine. Fresh or frozen, just so log as it is in 'personal use' quantities.
I have been stopped trying to take tomatoes in to the US. Not allowed unless prepared for a meal (chopped, sliced, etc.) and the don't like green onions, pepper or potatoes. Citrus fruits are also out of the question too.
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Poultry, Eggs, Potatoes if not CDN, sealed processed meats fine, all other meat frozen.
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Old 11-08-2016, 09:33 PM   #9
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This may help

https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/det...s.-from-canada
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