Saturday, July 4, 2009

There's an article in the New York Times about a special salami that some collectors are hoping to import to the USA. The salami was given out at the Venice Biennale:
“And then it became a practical one of, ‘Well, how are we going to get this thing here?’ ” she said. “You can’t mail it. You can’t fly with it, or it might get seized.” The museum has yet to work out the particulars fully with customs officials, but she said: “I think we’ll be able to get good guidance on this from other institutions. I’m not worried — we’ll get the salami.” (For now, it is filed in Mr. Heneage’s bookshop refrigerator.)
I'm skeptical. That meat was either produced under USDA inspection or it wasn't. If it wasn't, the USDA is going to want to keep it out of the country, based on previous outbreaks caused by uninspected meat.

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