The Australian government announced on Monday that authorities fined a passenger $1,874 after discovering McMuffins from Indonesia in their luggage last week.
Murray Watt, Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, said that Zinta, a detector dog, sniffed the unnamed passenger’s backpack at Darwin Airport.
Australian authorities found the passenger was carrying “risk” items, including two egg and beef sausage McMuffins from McDonald’s in Bali and a ham croissant.
“This will be the most expensive Maccas meal this passenger ever has. 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,” Watt said.
Watt added that Australia is FMD-free, and they “want it to say that way.”
“Biosecurity is no joke— it helps protect jobs, our farms, food, and supports the economy. Passengers who choose to travel need to make sure they are fulfilling the conditions to enter Australia by following all biosecurity measures,” Watt said.
Australian authorities issued a 12-unit infringement notice to the passenger for failing to declare potential high biosecurity risk items and providing a false and misleading document.
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