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.READ MORE: Mother Has Questions After Police Shoot, Kill Man They Say Was Wielding Knife In Englewood
Inspectors determined it was rat meat and it has been destroyed.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Rain Coming As Work Week Begins
While rat meat is consumed as food in some countries, officials here say the meat can introduce disease into the U.S. agricultural system.MORE NEWS: Farmers Market Vendors Pleased As Open Boulevards Program Kicks Off In Logan Square
Bansbach said the man had not been fined. The meat was seized on June 26.