Filipinos warned over duck egg smuggling
The Philippine Consulate-General in Dubai warned Filipinos against smuggling a national delicacy - boiled duck eggs - into the UAE. The announcement was made on its website following confiscations of Philippine Duck Eggs or ‘balut’ from Filipinos entering the country by customs officials. “The entry of commercial and noncommercial quantities [for personal consumption] of balut into Dubai without the necessary customs and health certificates may result in confiscation by Customs authorities and possible delay in immigration clearance for the bearer,” the statement read. The fertilised eggs are boiled and enjoyed 14-21 days later by Filipinos and other South Asian countries, with the features of a duckling embryo clearly recognisable.
DUCK THE ISSUE: A balut egg