Sometimes an egg sandwich at the wrong time will cost you.
That was the case for one traveler who was fined about $1,874 when he failed to declare his Sausage and Egg McMuffins while traveling from Bali to Australia, according to Fox Business.
The bag also contained a ham croissant and “a variety of risky items”, according to an Australian government press release. The traveler has not been identified.
In early July, Australia increased inspections of various items, including biological materials, following an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) in Bali, according to ABC News in Australia.
Foot and mouth disease is a highly contagious disease that infects livestock such as cows, sheep, goats and pigs, any animal with cloven hooves, according to the USDA. (Does not affect dogs, cats and horses).
“It can spread quickly and cause significant economic losses,” the agency added.
Foot-and-mouth disease can be spread by contaminated clothing, undercooked food, or other “biological products,” hence the reaction to McMuffin’s illicit partner.
“This will be the most expensive Maccas meal this passenger has ever had, this fine is double the cost of a plane ticket to Bali, but I have no sympathy for people who choose to disobey strict biosecurity measures of Australia, and recent detections show they will catch you,” Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Minister Murray Watt said in the statement.
The Australian government’s statement added that a dog named Zinta sniffed the meat, leading to a bag inspection and a fine for “failing to declare potential high biosecurity risk items and providing a false and misleading document.” .
Image credit: Courtesy of the Australian Government
Earlier this month, a woman flying from Greece to Perth, Australia, was fined about $1,844 for failing to declare her Subway sandwich on her customs form and bringing it into the country, according to the Washington Post . It went viral on TikTok and the Subway company ended up sending him a box of produce, (but he didn’t pay the fine) according to the outlet.
McDonald’s did not immediately respond to a request for comment on whether it had such plans.
Foot and mouth disease can also cause emotional and financial distress. One woman, Kim Lane, told ABC News in Australia that she would never forget the smell of cattle across the UK being burnt during an outbreak in the 2000s, or how sad it was for farmers.
“Probably the worst part was … the human factor. Just watching on TV [farmers] broke down when some of them discovered that they had to slaughter their whole herd.”
As Watt said in the statement, “biosecurity is no joke.”