CHICAGO (CBS) — Customs agents seized 32 pounds of rat meat from Africa, carried by a passenger from the Ivory Coast.

Steve Bansbach, with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, said the passenger claimed he was carrying meat, which required an immediate inspection.

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Inspectors determined it was rat meat and it has been destroyed.

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While rat meat is consumed as food in some countries, officials here say the meat can introduce disease into the U.S. agricultural system.

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Bansbach said the man had not been fined. The meat was seized on June 26.