A man who was returning to Chicago after a trip to Ivory Coast, was caught with pounds of rat meat at the airport.
The passenger was caught at the Chicago O’Hare International Airport having arrived from Ivory Coast.
Steve Bansbach, a spokesman for Chicago’s CPB office, said the passenger told officials he was carrying the prohibited food.
“He declared it,” Bansbach told Fox News. “He claimed he had meat during inspection. We found that, yes, he had African rat meat — 32 pounds of it.”
Quite surprisingly, the erring passenger did not bag a fine.
The passenger was not fined, he said.
Bansbach said the main concern with imported meats is that it may introduce African swine fever into the United States.