The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents at Newark Airport seized a cache of “mystery meat” from a passenger from Africa on Sunday.
Nine pounds of bushmeat were confiscated from the passenger, a U.S citizen from Ghana, as he declared the meat to a CBP agriculture specialist, reported by New York Daily News.
Staff from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) noticed that the meat’s parts, which were brown in color, were from wild animals and ordered it destroyed.
The passenger did not face legal repercussions since he declared it upon entry. However, where he sourced the meat remains unclear.
In a statement, Troy Miller, director of field operations at CBP’s New York field office, said, “The Center for Disease Control identified the meat as bushmeat and advised CBP to seize and dispose of the meat in accordance with CDC guidelines. CBP Agriculture Specialists made critical interceptions of these prohibited animal products and stopped them from entering the United States before they could potentially cause grave damage to our agricultural and economic vitality.”