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Nov 22, 2010 06:46 AM

Bring tinned foie gras to America

Hi chowhound friends. Going home for Christmas and I would like to bring foie gras for our New Year celebration but not sure if even tinned versions can go through customs now.

I know I can no longer bring in Swiss cheeses - which I used to do - but I would hope that canned products are OK? The laws seem tougher every time I go back.

Anyone in the know, thanks to share your thoughts.

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  1. Per US Customs: " Canned goods and goods in vacuum packed jars (other than those containing meat or poultry products)are also generally admissible if being imported for personal use.

    1. I brought back both tinned and jarred foie gras in 2006.

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      1. re: Erika L

        Thanks both. Sounds like I can risk it! Maybe even try to bring in a jar - but worried about the temperature changes....

      2. I do it pretty regularly. I've had vacuum-packed meats like salamis confiscated but never canned foods.

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        1. re: BobB

          I made it through with a straight up Italian salami in 2009, but maybe that's just luck. I only gathered on the plane, when I was filling out the customs form, that the thing was probably not allowed officially.

          1. re: BobB

            Ditto. I brought back three cans of foie from my last trip AND declared them. No problem!