Check out this website: Bringing Agricultural Products Into the United States.
They suggest that "because regulations concerning meat and meat byproducts change frequently, travelers should contact the consulate or local agricultural office in the country of origin for up-to-date information on the disease status of that country."
From the same website:
After all it's only one piece of fruit or a link of cured sausage, so what harm could it possibly do?
It can do a lot of harm if that fruit or sausage link has a hitchhiker in the form of a harmful pest or a plant or animal disease organism.
hello again...i'm actually an agriculture inspector for customs and I was attempting to get into the minds of all you smugglers out there. just trying to do my job better...i hope to see some of you on the baggage floor so i can hit you with a penalty for failure to declare. have a nice day
If I were going to get into the smuggling business, I'm not sure I would start with meat. Not sure I could live with the label of "sausage-smuggler" in the headlines of the local newspaper.
If you are, in fact, a customs worker, you must be one hell of a devoted soldier to your cause. Way to go man, I can now sleep at night knowing I'm safe from German sausage born influenza.
Bringing food back to NA is not a good game to play. This is a great way to bring back serious animal diseases.
Although Foot and Mouth disease is not present in Germany, it is in many countries throughout the world. The last outbreak in the UK led to the slaughtering of 4 000 000 animals to eliminate the outbreak.
This stuff is nasty and spreads like wildfire!
A more immediate concern is Avian Influenza... the last outbreak in Canada led to the slaughter of 17 000 000 chickens + add in the concerns over AI affecting people.
If you want to smuggle something in, don't declare a few gifts and save on import duties. Don't bring back meat or fruit products. Those rules are there for very good reasons.