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AUSTRALIA – A passenger from Indonesia heading to Australia was fined AU$2,664 — or $1,874 — after two undeclared McMuffins and a ham croissant was found in their luggage last week.

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According to CNN, the reason why a passenger from Indonesia heading to Australia was fined after officials found undeclared food in their luggage is because days earlier, Australian authorities enacted biosecurity rules after a Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) broke out in Bali, Indonesia. CNN said Bali is a popular destination for Australian tourists.

“Travellers arriving from Indonesia will be under much stricter biosecurity scrutiny due to the presence of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) in Indonesia, including at the popular tourist destination Bali,” Australia’s Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) said in a news release from July 19. “FMD is a highly contagious disease affecting many animals Australia relies on for food, milk and fibre, such as cattle, sheep, goats, pigs and many more. The Australian Government is working hard to keep the disease out of Australia as it could have huge consequences for animal health and our agriculture industry.”

In a news release, DAFF from July 19 said that FMD doesn’t affect humans but can be carried on shoes, clothes and luggage to people who are around animals.

The biosecurity package is about $9.8 million to help prevent an FMD outbreak in Australia by providing measures including sanitation food mats at international airports and biosecurity dogs, according to CNN. FMD can be spread through Indonesian cattle and is very contagious. If an outbreak occurs, it would cost the county up to $80 billion.

DAFF said a dog named Zinta, who is a biosecurity detector, inspected a passenger’s backpack and found the McMuffins and croissant. The food was seized to test for FMD before it was destroyed.

DAFF Minister Murray Watt said in a news release that the fine is “twice the cost of an airfare to Bali,” and that Australia is an FMD-free country.

“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,” said Watt.