CBP Conducts Agriculture Operation on Ethiopian Airways Flight; Discovers Insect Pests, Inadmissible Fruit, Plants, Meat

November 18, 2008

Sterling, Va. – One of Customs and Border Protection’s primary missions is enforcing America’s agriculture regulations and that fact was made apparent to all 125 passengers aboard Ethiopian Airways flight 500 this morning at Dulles International Airport.


Dubbed Operation Addis, CBP agriculture specialists referred all of flight 500’s passengers for inspection. The inspection resulted in 12 seizures—seven meat seizures of dried beef and pork weighing a combined 40 pounds, and five plant seizures that included mangoes, bananas, oranges, apples, fresh peppers, garden eggs and fresh leaves.

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