Robert: Traveller fined $2400 for taking an Egg McMuffin across border

Published on August 2nd, 2022 @ 12:30 PM


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A passenger heading into Australia from Indonesia was hit with a pretty hefty fine for trying to bring their McDonald’s breakfast into the country. 

The unidentified traveller was charged 2664 Australian dollars (roughly $2400 CAD) after they failed to declare two egg and beef sausage McMuffins and a ham croissant upon arrival.

This incident comes just days after the Australian government introduced tough new biosecurity rules following an outbreak of Foot and Mouth disease in Indonesia, a popular destination for Australian tourists.

In addition to the fast food items, officials with the Australian Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry say they found a “range of undeclared risk products” in the passenger’s luggage.

“This fine is twice the cost of an airfare to Bali, but I have no sympathy for people who choose to disobey Australia’s strict biosecurity measures, and recent detections show you will be caught,” says the minister for agriculture, fisheries and forestry, noting the country is FMD free and would prefer it to stay that way.

FMD is relatively harmless to humans, but causes painful blisters and lesions on the mouths and feet of cloven-hooved animals like cattle, sheep, pigs, goats and camels. Symptoms can lead to lameness in the animals or cause them to stop eating. Experts estimate an outbreak of the disease could cost the country up to $80 billion.

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