In the wake of tons of West African chimpanzee meat discovered by customs officers in the United States, Great Britain, and numerous nations on the European continent, American customs officials in Chicago have seized dozens of pounds of rat meat attempted to be smuggled into the US from West Africa.
As reported by both WLS-TV (Chicago) and the Associated Press, a yet to be publicly identified man whose flight originated in the West Equatorial African nation of the Ivory Coast, was busted by officers of the US Customs and Border Protection Agency for attempting to smuggle 32 pounds of rat meat into the country.
As cited by the AP;
Officials say U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport thwarted a man’s attempt to import dozens of pounds of African rat meat.
Customs spokesman Steve Bansbach said Tuesday that the man declared the 32 pounds of meat on June 26 when his flight arrived from the Ivory Coast. The meat was confiscated and destroyed.
Bansbach says the man did not face a fine and continued on his journey because he was forthcoming about what he was bringing into the country. He says customs officials prohibit the entry of African meats to prevent the spread of diseases.