Airline Passenger Hit With Massive Fine After Smuggling 'Undeclared Meat' Into Australia From American Fast Food Chain

An airline passenger was hit with a massive fine of thousands of dollars after a K-9 sniffed out a couple of McDonald's breakfast sandwiches.

A dog in Australia’s Darwin Airport picked up a scent on a passenger's backpack that contained McDonald’s pancakes, two egg and beef sausage McMuffins, and a ham croissant. The passenger had just arrived from Indonesia. The items were described by Australian officials as “a variety of risk items,” including “undeclared meat.”

The man was hit with a massive fine of $2,664 fine, which equates to about $1,845 in U.S. dollars. The fine was for failing to declare a potential biosecurity risk.

Murray Watt, Australia’s Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, was proud of the bust and said he had “no sympathy” for the man who received the fine.

“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.

The department put out a press release that credited “detector dog Zinta” for discovering the food.

“Australia is FMD-free, and we want it to stay that way,” Watt said. “Zinta was placed at Darwin Airport as part of the Albanese Government’s tough new biosecurity defences, and it’s excellent to see she is already contributing to keeping the country safe.”

“Biosecurity is no joke—it helps protect jobs, our farms, food and supports the economy,” the secretary continued. “Passengers who choose to travel need to make sure they are fulfilling the conditions to enter Australia, by following all biosecurity measures.”

This isn't the first time this happened. Last month an Australian woman received a huge fine for not disclosing her Subway sandwich had lettuce and chicken on it.

“I didn’t tick chicken and I didn’t tick lettuce. Chicken and lettuce,” Jessica Lee said via social media. “And that is a nice little $2,664 … to be paid in 28 days. Such an expensive rookie mistake.”

They take meat coming into their country very seriously in Australia.

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They take meat coming into their country very seriously in Australia.

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