When one lands in Australia one has to declare the food items being brought in. If you do not declare them in the quarantine forms provided the authorities can fine you up to A$50,000. This ruling is applicable to passengers as well as crew members.
There were a few stories in the past whereby the crew did not declare food items brought into Australia. They had either forgotten to declare them or ignorant about the rules.
Some guilty crew were let off with stern warnings and other fined.
This was a story which I am going to blog. It happened to a stewardess who landed into an Aussie port and was fined a few hundred dollars for not declaring some food stuff she carried in her bag.
Poor girl cos it wasn't her fault really. Her mother was to blame for it. Mom was worried her stewardess daughter would be hungry when she checked into her hotel. Knowing that her daughter loved to eat meat dumpling (bak chang),mom had taken the trouble to go all the way to Joo Chiat and bought half a dozen for her daughter. Mom packed the bak chang in her bag without telling her daughter about it. Off course Mon didn't realised it was an offence for not declaring the foodstuff into Australia. Poor girl had to face the wrath of the quarantine officers in Australia. Back in S'pore the stewardess was also given a warning by the office.