Crack. Smash. Rub. If it’s spring, it’s time for cascarones. Restrictions set for travelers by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, however, might slow your egg roll if you’re not in the know.
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Those trying to bring the confetti-filled eggshells across the U.S. border must limit their ovoid haul to 12 per passenger, according to the federal agency. Additionally, “the shells may be decorated, etched, or painted but they must be clean, dry, and free of any egg residue. They may contain confetti or other unregulated items.”
Why the hard line on cascarones? According to the customs agency, the restrictions are meant to stem the spread of Newcastle disease and highly pathogenic avian influenza, both viruses affecting birds.
If you find yourself with too many yolk vessels on hand and imminent travel plans, remember: There are lots of ways to cook an egg.