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Passenger returning from Bali caught with undeclared Maccas by sniffer dog


A Territorian returning from Bali has had the most expensive McDonald’s meal of their life after being caught with meat products from Indonesia amid the foot and mouth (FMD) outbreak.

Darwin’s new biosecurity detector dog Zinta helped uncover two sausage and egg McMuffins and a ham croissant in the passenger's backpack, which they failed to declare.

The dogs were among a raft of biosecurity measures rolled out at Darwin International Airport last month to prevent FMD from entering the country as it would devastate the livestock industry.

Minister for Agriculture Murray Watt says the traveller was fined $2664 over the biosecurity breach, with the meat produced to be tested before being destroyed.

“This will be the most expensive Maccas meal this passenger ever has, this fine is twice the cost of an airfare to Bali,” Mr Watt says.

“But I have no sympathy for people who choose to disobey Australia’s strict biosecurity measures, and recent detections show you will be caught.”

Mr Watt is urging people to take biosecurity more seriously.

“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.”

The Federal Government is spending $14 million on biosecurity measures at airports and mail centres, with sanitation foot mats at all international airports.

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