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SoCal CBP officers seeing more egg smuggling attempts at the border

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SAN DIEGO (KABC)– U.S. Customs and Border Protection is seeing an increase in eggs being brought across the border, which the agency says is technically illegal.

According to the San Diego field office, officials have noticed an increase in the number of eggs intercepted at ports of entry.

Jennifer De La O, director of field operations for the San Diego Secto, reminded that uncooked eggs from Mexico cannot be imported into the United States. Failure to declare agricultural items can result in penalties of up to $10,000.

Millions of chickens have died nationwide from bird flu. Also, with higher feed and labor costs, prices rise and sometimes there are shortages on the shelves.

The price of eggs peaked at $7.50 per dozen in December. It’s since dipped a little to $5.97 a dozen on Tuesday — more than double the price it was a year ago.

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