Sorry, Chicago. You will need to get your imported rat meat elsewhere.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers in Chicago Hare International Airport have confirmed the seizure of 32 pounds of rat meat taken from a passenger arriving in Chicago from Ivory Coast last month.
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CBP said the passenger himself warned officials for rat meat after arriving at his June 26.
"He declared it," confirmed Steve Bansbach, spokesman for the CBP's Chicago bureau, that Fox News. "He claimed he had meat during inspection. We found it, yes he had African rat meat ̵
The major concerns with imported meat according to Bansbach are the possibility of introducing African swine fever (ASF) or other infectious diseases in the United States.
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Meat from ASF affected areas or countries, including Sardinia, sub-Saharan Africa and parts of West Africa, is prohibited from entry, according to the CBP's website.
USDA reports that while ASF affects both domestic and wild pigs, humans cannot contract it. In the meantime, people can transport or disperse ASF via contaminated clothing, clothing, vehicles or equipment.
Bansbach told Fox News that officials are "worried about other diseases [imported meat]" may have and not just ASF. " CLICK HERE to get FOX NEWS APP
The passenger enters O & # 39; Hare was not fined, Bansbach confirmed." "We destroyed it and educated him on it," he said.