Darwin travelers fined for undeclared fast food from Bali over foot-and-mouth disease concerns

Written by

A traveler from Indonesia has been fined thousands of dollars for sneaking two beef sausage McMuffins and a ham croissant into Australia.

Passengers returning from Indonesia have been subjected to tighter biosecurity checks, following the detection of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) in cows in Bali.

The highly contagious disease, which has not yet reached Australia, affects cattle, sheep, goats and pigs, and the virus would have serious consequences for the country’s animal health and trade.

A biosecurity detection dog at Darwin Airport sniffed out the fast food meat products in a passenger’s backpack last week and the traveler was fined $2,664.

The pork and beef snacks were seized and will be tested for foot and mouth disease before being destroyed.

An outbreak of the disease in Indonesia has prompted Australian biosecurity authorities to categorize some meat products as “risk elements”.

A long queue at the Darwin Airport check-in desk during the COVID-19 lockdown.
Biosecurity measures have increased since FMD was discovered in Bali.(ABC News: Michael Franchi)

Agriculture Minister Murray Watt said he wanted Australia to stay free of the disease.

About the author

Leave a Comment