U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport have confirmed that they seized 32 pounds of rat meat, taken from a passenger arriving in Chicago from the Ivory Coast late last month.
The CBP said the passenger himself alerted officials to the rat meat after arriving on his June 26 flight. Steve Bansbach, the spokesman for the CBP’s Chicago bureau said, “He claimed he had meat during the inspection. We found that, yes, he had African rat meat, 32 pounds of it.”
The main concerns with imported meats is the possibility of introducing African Swine Fever or other contagious diseases, into the United States. The passenger was not fined, Bansbach confirmed.
“We destroyed it and educated him on it,” he said.