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Border officials warn travelers to stop egg smuggling attempts

Posted at 1:19 PM, Jan 23, 2023
and last updated 2023-01-24 11:07:07-05

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA — Customs and Border Protection officials are seeing an increase in people trying to smuggle eggs across the U.S.-Mexico border.

Trying to bring uncooked eggs from Mexico into the U.S. without telling a CBP officer is illegal. It could lead to a fine of up to $10,000.

The trend comes as egg prices skyrocket in American grocery stores.

At this time in 2022, a dozen eggs were less than $2 on average in the U.S. A grocery store in San Ysidro, California, was selling a dozen eggs for $7.99.

“It’s so expensive," shopper Victor Ramos said.

Ramos thought twice before buying eggs and decided against it.

“I used to buy them for $1.99, $2.99, but no, those prices are crazy," he said.

Food distributors blame the drastic spike in prices on the bird flu outbreak and supply chain issues.