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As I went through US customs at SFO, the Filipino woman checking food in the luggage asked if I was bringing any Magic Sarap additive or chicharon (pork skin cracklings). I said no. She then said those are banned food products. Any other foodstuff from the Philippines that's banned? Is bagoong banned too?

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Magic Sarap contains chicken, chicken is not allowed. You can bring personal amounts of dried fish though. Bagoong can be brought, but its pretty easy to buy in the USA and you don't want it getting broken in your bags!

https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/detail/a_id/82/session/L3RpbWUvMTM5NTA3MDU1MC9zaWQvdlBvbW50UGw%3D/search/1

Animal Products and Animal By-Products:

Meat, milk, egg, poultry, and their products, including products made with these materials, such as dried soup mix or bouillon, are either prohibited or restricted from entering the United States, depending on the types of animal diseases which occur in the country of origin. Fresh (chilled or frozen), dried, cured, and fully cooked meat is generally prohibited from most countries. Canned meat is allowed entry, except beef, veal, lamb, mutton, venison, elk, bison, etc., from countries affected by bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).

Products containing raw egg ingredients are prohibited from most regions.

Eggs and egg products from Exotic Newcastle Disease (END) and Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) affected regions, including cooked eggs, if not accompanied by a USDA Veterinary Service import permit remain prohibited regardless if those items are for personal consumption. Effective February 15, 2012, travelers may once again bring fully cooked eggs from Mexico into the U.S.

Pork should be commercially canned and labeled in unopened containers. Pork and pork products are not admissible from Mexico, except for cooked pork in small amounts for a meal.

Effective January 14, 2010, cooked pork skins (also known as pork rind) entering as commercial cargo or in passenger baggage from regions affected with foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), swine vesicular disease (SVD), African swine fever (ASF), or classical swine fever (CSF) must be accompanied by an original certificate issued by an official of the National Government of the region of origin.

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^^^ If it isn't banned, it should be banned!!! lol

The same with tuyo!!! lol

You better be careful with that, your wife might demand you eat balut or durian before ever getting in her panties again. laughing.gif

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I love balut, the wife can't abide the thought of it. I always eat it in the dark, however.

Eating it in the dark helps, so does massive amounts of red horse. Nothing helps with durian though. Just enough tries until it actually starts to taste good. Its a little like banging your head into the wall until it feels good.

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Eating it in the dark helps, so does massive amounts of red horse. Nothing helps with durian though. Just enough tries until it actually starts to taste good. Its a little like banging your head into the wall until it feels good.

I don't think I've had durian, only jackfruit....

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I don't think I've had durian, only jackfruit....

You would certainly know if you'd tried it. I do not believe most adults trying it for the first time manage to get it down, and it often brings up the last meal to. And that includes Filipinos from the northern islands. Keep away from those Mindanao girls and you should be safe. Jackfruit is good!

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no durian? pansies. but for chrissake don't put it in the luggage....

available in usa for purchase, almost every asian market you can find.

Durian in the USA is mostly from Thailand. The smell of which is like roses compared to what they grow down in Mindanao. After having had what gets imported here, I'm prepped to once again try that southern Philippines durian. I am not so sure I'll be able to taste it over the smell though.

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not where I shop - it's from Malaysia, the 11 shops here in Houston that I attend wink.png

Maybe you suffer from the northern passage?

Ship one of them up for my wife. She'll be able to tell me if it reeks enough to compare to her home grown stuff. Don't worry about our post office here, they're used to dried fish even already rofl.gif

Could be we get them from Malaysia to, but the ones I've bought here so far have been from Thailand.

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Durian, no matter the source - Phil, Thai, Chinese....fresh, frozen, ice cream, pastry...no problema, quite delicious.yes.gif

Balut, sorry I cannot ingest enough San Miguel before attempting to eat balutdead.gif (again...lol laughing.gif )....

YMMV

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Durian, no matter the source - Phil, Thai, Chinese....fresh, frozen, ice cream, pastry...no problema, quite delicious.yes.gif

Balut, sorry I cannot ingest enough San Miguel before attempting to eat balutdead.gif (again...lol laughing.gif )....

YMMV

Durian tastes good when I can get past the smell. I've only done that so far with durian imported to the USA so far. Next time in Phils will be my big test if I've learned to get past the smell though. As it is, I can tell when we're within a mile of the durian market in Davao City.

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