BROWNSVILLE, Texas -- The U.S. Customs and Border Protection is cracking down on confetti-filled egg shells this Easter holiday.
The agency issued a press release on Wednesday to remind anyone crossing the U.S.-Mexico border that cascarones are limited to 10 per person. The painted or decorated egg shells must also be clean and dry.
Cascarones are closely regulated to prevent the spread of Exotic Newcastle Disease, "a highly contagious, fatal viral disease that affects every species of bird, attacking respiratory, nervous and digestive systems," according to the release.
Penalties can reach as high as $1,000 and up to more than $50,000 for commercial importations.