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Global Entry kiosks typically ask a yes/no question about whether you are bringing "food" into the country. The question is broader than on the deprecated blue form that asked about fruits, vegetables, meats, etc.

CBP answers the question of whether you must declare all "food" on its website:

Must I declare food items or products when using the Global entry kiosk?

Yes, all food items and products must be declared when entering the U.S.

You may be able to bring in food such as fruits, meats or other agricultural products depending on the region or country from which you are traveling.
General consensus is that the best practice is to declare any "food", include candies, cookies, snacks, etc. and then inform the CBP agent about your food. Experience has been that in nearly all cases the agent will wave you through with extremely minimal delay. As explained elsewhere, the primary focus of the question is to prevent importation of fruits, vegetable, and meats that could cause harm to the American food supply, but it is safest to allow the CBP agent to make the determination.

There is some debate as to whether items one can ingest for non-nutritive reasons (e.g., gum, toothpaste, medicine) should qualify as food. There does not appear to be an answer from CBP or experience showing the proper categorization of such items.
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Old Dec 21, 17, 1:36 pm
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Old Dec 22, 17, 1:31 am
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When you declare on the kiosk your printout will have an X sign or AGRI or whatever depending on what are you bringing into the country. The first officer you meet will then direct you to secondary for inspection. I have NEXUS/GE and last year declared that I've been to a farm (could've just skipped it but out of curiosity wanted to see what happens), it involved a wait (like 15min in MIA) for an available agricultural agent who just opened my carry on and asked if the shoes I had on were the ones I put on while in the farm, then I was let on my way through a back door to avoid bumping into regular customs folks.
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Old Dec 22, 17, 7:04 pm
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I went through GE and declared I had food - crackers and some other snacks. When I got to customs the agent asked about it and I told him. He said that I could go on my way and in the future not to worry about marking food. I told them thanks but said better safe than sorry and a $300 fine for not declaring.

And as said below risk losing my GE because of an infraction.

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Old Dec 22, 17, 7:23 pm
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Food is food. Making a false statement on a Declaration (electronic or paper) may result in revocation of GE, an administrative fine, and in theory although not reality, a felony prosecution.

Sure, tell the next CBP Officer that some other guy told you that you could lie.

Not worth it. Tons of threads on FT already. All come to the same bottom line.
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Old Dec 23, 17, 9:25 am
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Originally Posted by FlyingUnderTheRadar View Post
I went through GE and declared I had food - crackers and some other snacks. When I got to customs the agent asked about it and I told him. He said that I could go on my way and in the future not to worry about marking food. I told them thanks but said better safer than sorry and a $300 for not declaring.
$300 fine is the least concern. Your NEXUS or Global Entry permanent revocation is the real concern. When I flew back from YYZ earlier this month and declared food, I was sent to a different immigration officer in YYZ. I informed him I had a bag of peanuts. He said "have a good day" and I was on my way, no secondary inspection.
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Old Dec 24, 17, 1:04 pm
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Better safe than sorry is right, but there are a hats too.

I was a particular flight flying into JFK during school season a lot of Chinese kids. I guess they all like bringing food stuff from home. I don't care for that. I never bring food not even crackers. I can buy all that here in the US why bother. I marked no food and the customs guy didn't believe me. Insisted I was lying and I was going to lose GE. Thanks for being a d bag. Of course searching through my carry on (I don't have checked bags), the guy insisted I was leaving my checked bag behind because he didn't believe that he got a guy who really didn't check any bags and didn't have any food not even water. I wasted I think an hour while the guy insisted something wasn't right until the entire flight had cleared and all the baggage was gone.

Finally the supervisor came in really apologized for the actions of this agent and he got a very stern talking to. What annoyed me most is I had to pay for an extra day of parking. I want my money.
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Old Dec 24, 17, 1:34 pm
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Whether GE or not, the form really hastnt changed and neither have the possible outcomes, other than possibly losing GE status.
I always bring some edible, drinkable products of varying amounts. In the days before GE I'd be somewhat indifferent about the form, only listing things if they were in significant quantlty.
Upon giving form to Customs Officer, sometimes he'd ask specifically what I had and I'd tell him and that was it. I've never been extra screened coming into USA (for the most part JFK, which is actually one of the best places to enter for an American).
Now with GE, I am more careful to say yes to the food, sometimes I'm asked, sometimes not, but it's always ended with "have a nice day or welcome home"

Other POEs are different though.
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Old Dec 25, 17, 12:37 pm
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Coming in to MSP from AMS today, I declared "yes" to "seeds, nuts, etc." (and also "more than the free allowance"). I told the agent I had tulip bulbs, bought at the airport. He looked at the box and scribbled on the receipt. He thanked me, mentioning that a lot of Global Entry people don't bother declaring them. That was it; maybe 30 seconds (most of which was finding the bag that had the tulips).
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Old Dec 26, 17, 10:28 am
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Coming in to MSP from AMS today, I declared "yes" to "seeds, nuts, etc." (and also "more than the free allowance"). I told the agent I had tulip bulbs, bought at the airport. He looked at the box and scribbled on the receipt. He thanked me, mentioning that a lot of Global Entry people don't bother declaring them. That was it; maybe 30 seconds (most of which was finding the bag that had the tulips).
When did you have the conversation with the agent? Before or after you claimed your checked luggage (or would have claimed your luggage if you traveled with only carryon)?
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Old Dec 26, 17, 4:18 pm
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When we came in from LHR To SFO in November, we declared that we have food because we had some chocolates. The agent laughed and said” you know we don’t consider that food right”… But then quickly stopped himself and said “but you should always declare everything that you think might be food. Good job!”
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Old Dec 26, 17, 4:27 pm
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When did you have the conversation with the agent? Before or after you claimed your checked luggage (or would have claimed your luggage if you traveled with only carryon)?
That was after I (would have) picked up checked bags. The next step was handing the scribbled-on paper to the guard and leaving.
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Practical question:
Under new system, the immigration officer collects your customs form and you simply walk through baggage claim and out through customs. Under the old system, the immigration officer stamped your customs form and you then handed that form to the customs officer at the exit from baggage claim. Question: What happens now if you declare something on that customs for (e.g., food)? It used to be that the customs officer at the exit would see your declaration and direct you to a customs officer to look at your items. So, what happens now if you hand the immigration officer a form on which you have checked off that you have food? They cannot ask to see the items right there or direct you off to secondary right then, since the item may well be in your checked luggage (which you have not claimed yet). Any experience?
Good question - you mean, for example, you declare "I have a ham in my checked bag" - what then? Do you go get the bag? Do they intercept the bag? Do you wait in some special place until the bag arrives and then you're escorted to it? I don't know the answer, but it's a good question.
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Old Dec 27, 17, 4:02 pm
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Good question - you mean, for example, you declare "I have a ham in my checked bag" - what then? Do you go get the bag? Do they intercept the bag? Do you wait in some special place until the bag arrives and then you're escorted to it? I don't know the answer, but it's a good question.
That is exactly my question.
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Old Dec 27, 17, 4:31 pm
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Good question - you mean, for example, you declare "I have a ham in my checked bag" - what then? Do you go get the bag? Do they intercept the bag? Do you wait in some special place until the bag arrives and then you're escorted to it? I don't know the answer, but it's a good question.
What PoE does that? Forget the food, drug smugglers should just fly into that PoE instead.
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Old Dec 28, 17, 9:18 am
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What PoE does that? Forget the food, drug smugglers should just fly into that PoE instead.
It seems that Dulles does. But I also assume that before any bags end up on the carousel, sniffer dogs and agents are identifying bags that deserve scrutiny. The only difference is that the bag isn't in your possession until after you've cleared the formal checkpoint. I imagine if there's something suspicious in your bag, and you claim it, then a CPB official may be there to ask you some more questions, starting with "is that your bag?"
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