42 pounds of horsemeat, including horse genitals, confiscated at Dulles Airport

Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists confiscate 42 pounds of horsemeat, including 13 pounds of horse genitals, from travelers atWashington Dulles International Airport.

Over the years, U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents have confiscated charred monkeys, cocaine hidden inside the cavity of fully cooked chickens and giant African land snails at Washington Dulles International Airport.

Now, they can add horse genitals to that list.


CBP confiscated 42 pounds of horsemeat, including 13 pounds of horse genitals, Jan. 29 from two women traveling from Mongolia.

During a routine agricultural examination, CBP specialists found the horsemeat, which was hidden inside juice boxes, other ruminant meat and 3 liters of yak milk. One woman said the meat was for medicinal purposes.


Horsemeat can only enter the country when it is accompanied by a certification from the country or government it came from, according to the release. Horsemeat from Mongolia is specifically prohibited because of concerns of exposing diseases to U.S. livestock.

All products were destroyed, and the women were not charged. CBP noted that people often travel with food products that are normal to their culture but are not allowed in the U.S.

"Customs and Border Protection takes no pleasure in seizing and destroying travelers' food products," Wayne Biondi, CBP Port Director for the Area Port of Washington Dulles, said in the release. "We're in the business of protecting America's agriculture industries, like the livestock industry, from the potential introduction of animal diseases posed by these unpermitted food products."

On a typical day, CBP discovers 4,638 materials for quarantine, including plant, meat, animal byproduct and soil, according to its website.