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Sandra Bullock smuggles sausage for Christmas

The Local · 21 Dec 2011, 11:01

Published: 21 Dec 2011 11:01 GMT+01:00

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During an appearance this week on NBC’s “Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” the 47-year-old star of films like “The Blind Side” said she and accomplices have been smuggling the sausage into America ever since her German mother died in 2000.

“We break the law because we have to manage to smuggle German sausages into the country and apparently bringing meats across the waters is against the law,” Bullock said.

Although raised in the United States, the actress was born to a father in the US Army stationed in Nuremberg where he met Bullock's mother, a German opera singer. As a child, Bullock became fluent in German and travelled to her mother’s performances throughout Europe.

On the “Tonight Show” she declined to explain how she smuggles the sausage – whether through the mail on her person – but said she has a need for a very specific type of meat for her Christmastime spread.

“It has to be from Nuremburg,” she said, likely referring to the famed Nürnberger Rostbratwurst. “They’re these little sausages that you just have shipped in and you fry them up with sauerkraut and potato salad but they have to be the right ones because they sell a lot that are imposters.”

According to US Customs and Border Protection, fresh, dried or canned meats cannot be imported into the United States.

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11:54 December 21, 2011 by bugger
Of course, foreign meat is dangerous to the health of Americans ... LOL In fact, American meats should be banned in Europe as they are biological bombs full of medicine from the turbo-growth of the animals. Also, fluor does not belong in the human body but America makes sure that their citizens consume fluor through the drinking water. Sick.
12:43 December 21, 2011 by Christine1
Wow...I didn't know about this law! Guess I was illegal too! Too bad for Bullock now, as they will be searching her, and her entourage more carefully when she goes through customs.
12:52 December 21, 2011 by wood artist

Actually very few water systems in the US are fluoridated. Maybe you should check some Facts before jumping to conclusions.

13:56 December 21, 2011 by The-ex-pat
So Sandra is a sausage smuggler.........no wonder her marriage to Jesse James did not work, though you would have though he would have noticed a bit quicker.......lol
14:02 December 21, 2011 by Nina Williams
Wow bugger, somone sure hit you with a USA hate stick . This is not a law specific to the USA...many other countries, such as Australia, enforce it as well. It is not directed at Germany in particular but meat, particularly pork products are the target. Pork products, especially uncooked pork products, are more likely to carry diseases not inherent to the countries that they are brought into. This can pose a health risk. (This info is actually written on the back of theUS Entry Card btw Christine1). She gets away with it because Customs usually targets people coming from countries with laxer health codes such as China or other Asian countries, and people coming in from South America.
14:27 December 21, 2011 by Christine1
oops! ;-)
14:39 December 21, 2011 by XFYRCHIEF
@bugger - perhaps you should investigate your own laws before attacking the US. This is from Germany's travel information:


• Meat and milk and any items thereof from non-EU countries with the exception of limited amounts from Andorra, Croatia, the Faeroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland and small amounts of specific products from other countries."

Seems meat from the US IS banned...

As for flouridation, while some people still believe that it is some type of conspiracy, the flouridation of water has made a huge impact on the incidence of dental caries (tooth decay.) Look at the teeth of those where flouride is not used...
14:49 December 21, 2011 by Terry Johnson
Funny, I've lived in Germany for over forty years and have not had a pork related sickness ever! You can bet the US Postal Service will "monitor" future mail to Frau Bullock from here on.

She can always come and visit me, however, and get her fill of sausage. The real stuff I mean.
16:22 December 21, 2011 by SchwabHallRocks
The prohibition of imported pork into the USA started after WWII, It was part fact, part protectionist. Italian prosciutto was being imported but not properly cured at 3000 meters or however high in altitude. (Imagine italians cheating on their food exports??? Next will be antifreeze in the wine!)

Thus the danger of triginosis which is in pork and which is why pork was probably prohibited by Muslims and Jews since they were living in hot climates.

Triginosis is not found in the USA or Europe anymore but Americans sitll have the phobia against eating any pork that is still pink due to the problems 75 years ago.

As far as animals being injected with drugs... Go talk to a French or German farmer "off the record" and see if they are injecting hormones into the cows so that they grow faster. I have.

Also, the chickens are fed antibiotics because they grow 3x faster.

Finally, everyone writing seems to understand the benefits of flourirde but for the Bugger.
19:41 December 21, 2011 by Gretl
My opinion of Sandy just rose another notch.
19:42 December 21, 2011 by Landmine

We also use our tainted meat to make hamburgers and subs sold to unsuspecting Germans at every McDonald's, Burger King and Subway too...

Betcha didn't think about that McFly huh?
21:19 December 21, 2011 by Robin1410
Well Sandra, no need to smuggle anymore. Wir haben einen sehr guten Schlachter in Sarasota , FL ( aus Bayern) bei dem wir alle Wurstwaren kaufen...auch die guten Nuernberger Bratwuerstle.

They do UPS overnight too.

Let me know if you are interested and I will share this secret address .
23:43 December 21, 2011 by parografik
The real crime is the difficulty in importing German Breads, or whatever components make it so uniquely magnificent. First thing I do when I visit my in-laws is to grab me some Kürbis Brot, and a few hundred Grams Aufschnitt. This bread equals the contributions to civilization of Mozart and Bach, in my opinion.
00:38 December 22, 2011 by odjennings
Robin1410 --Yes! If you have a source in the USA please share it.
02:41 December 22, 2011 by hanskarl
According to contacts in the US www.germandeli.com in Texas was selling the little Nuernberger imported from Germany. And they said a good bread source is www.clasensbakery.com somewhere around Madison, WI. They said both ship.
16:46 December 22, 2011 by parografik
Thanks, Hanskari, you've got me searching a bit, and this thread is an interesting one concerning breads and pretzels in the U.S., someone who had lived in Frankfurt nostalgic for Brotchen, and seems she struck a nerve:

18:11 December 22, 2011 by Robin1410
go to http://www.geiers-sausage.com/

Order online or better by phone. There a lot more items which are not listed online. Just ask for everything you may need, incl. bread, mustard, german coffee etc.
00:16 December 23, 2011 by Christian Feeger
Well, Sandra Bullock is obviously a woman of good taste! But quite apart from the export of German wurst, Sandra herself would have to be one of Germany's greatest exports. She's a Hollywood actor to admire for her down to earth approach and determination to be herself (as much as you can in show biz).

So here's to Germany's finest! Good on you, guys!
05:34 December 23, 2011 by hanskarl
@parografik You are welcome. Late shift is a bummer but it gives one time.....

They saw the article and all the meat suggestions. They said i should suggest to try www.bavariasausage.com for meats and imported rolls and pretzel rolls from Germany. They said the owner is from Schweinfurt and brought the recipe book with him.
19:28 December 23, 2011 by Flint
@ bugger. Post a picture of your teeth.
19:33 December 23, 2011 by Englishted
@Christian Feeger

She was born in the U.S. with one parent German how do you work out she is a German export?

are you the one who makes Germany the second biggest exporter in the world if so no wonder.
20:05 December 23, 2011 by Acechaser
It's good to have the best for Christmas, Sandra...but I probably wouldn't have mentioned the 'smuggling' part on national TV. Really, no harm done, I think. I am also a Texan, but I live in Germany now, so I can get the good Nürnberger Rostbratwurst a bit easier. Merry Christmas to everyone!!
20:14 December 23, 2011 by MikeJarosz
Many meat products carry veterinary diseases. When mad cow disease struck in the US and Canada, many countries banned meat imports originating here.

Meat imports are allowed into the US as long as they follow the rules set by the government agencies to protect health. Baby back ribs in the US come almost exclusively from Denmark. A lot of the raw steaks at the typical US supermarket are from Argentina. Ground beef ("hamburger") at my local store is labeled "product of US/Canada" .

This could be a long discussion..........
22:35 December 23, 2011 by strahlungsamt
@Christian Feeger

Sandra Bullock is an annoying cokehead tw@t! She's just another dumb celebrity who thinks smuggling sausage is a big life achievement. Probably looking to follow Carrie Bradshaw to the Meat Packing district.
08:22 December 24, 2011 by Englishted

The sour and stingy Ebenezer Scrooge's ideology is alive and well.

Merry Christmas to you and all.
06:56 December 25, 2011 by PierceArrow
Sehr interessant! I wonder if the sausage that Sandra Bullock smuggles is made from those onion-eating pigs! LOL

But seriously volks, some of the posters are right about mainstream American meat products processed from livestock saturated with antibiotics and growth hormones. One of my all-time favorite songs is Randy Stonehill's "American Fast Food (What a Stupid Way to Die)."
08:09 December 25, 2011 by Drewsky
Both the USA and Germany have similar laws, as applied to privately imported meats. I'm not familiar with domestic German law, but the USA is far too lax regarding growth hormones and other artificial elements in meats. Mainstream Americans are overweight, in part, because of the weird stuff in their meats (which they eat a lot of, on average) I live in an area where we commonly get grass fed stock and often Bison as well. There's a big difference.
12:05 December 25, 2011 by raandy
The comments are much more entertaining than Sandra B. smuggling German sausage into the US. Who Cares about sausage smuggling other than the bean counters.
17:41 December 26, 2011 by hanskarl
@raandy Clearly no pun intended we presume..... :-P
08:31 December 27, 2011 by OllO
Wow! There are very useful comments here for the hungry, discerning American.

Thanks for the sites and reviews @hanskarl, @Robin1410.

@parografic +1 :)
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