Cow dung cakes were found inside an Indian passenger’s suitcase that had been left behind at the Washington Dulles International Airport last month. Officials with US Customs and Border Protection said that agents found the cow dung cakes after passengers cleared the inspection area on April 4, 2021. Authorities examining leftover baggage found the cow dung cakes in unclaimed luggage from an Air India flight, Fox News reports.

cow dung from India is prohibited in U.S

Speaking to Fox News, officials said that cow dung from India is prohibited in the United States since it has the potential of improving foot and mouth disease. It can spread widely leading to ‘significant economic losses to livestock population,’ the US Department of Agriculture said.

“Foot and Mouth Disease- The animal diseases 

“Foot and Mouth Disease is one of the animal diseases that livestock owners dread most, has grave economic consequences, and it is a critical threat focus of Customs and Border Protection’s agriculture protection mission. CBP’s agriculture specialists are our nation’s frontline protectors of vital agricultural and natural resources that help keep our nation’s economy strong and robust,” Keith Fleming, Acting Director of Field Operations for CBP’s Baltimore Field Office, said in a press release cited by Fox News.


Cow dung is used as a cooking source in some parts of the world. It is primarily used in rural areas as villagers collect manure from cows and dry it, so as to use cow dung cakes for fuel. It also serves as a cheap and good fertiliser.

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