Nine Pounds of Mystery Meat Seized at NJ Airport
Authorities say nine pounds of illegal bush meat was recently seized at Newark Liberty Airport.
What exactly is "bush meat?" According to the CDC, it's meat that is, "derived from non-human primates, bats, civets, or African rodents, which are potential vectors of human diseases."
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection says a United States citizen on a flight from Ghana declared the meat to a CBP agriculture specialist at the airport. The Center for Disease Control recommended the meat be seized and destroyed.
“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,” said Troy Miller, Director, Field Operations, New York Field Office, in a press release.
NJ.com reports the person who was carrying the meat was not charged since it was declared. It was not immediately clear what animal the meat came from.