- Virginia, USA -
U.S. Customs and Boarder Protection (CBP) have recently released a statement regarding an incident that happened on January 27.
At Washington Dulles International Airport, during a baggage examination, CBP agriculture specialists seized a package from a traveler that had arrived from Beijing, China.
The package had pictures of a cat and dog and the passenger said it was cat food.
In the package there was a bunch of tiny dead birds.
Casey Durst, Director of Field Operations for CBP’s Baltimore Field Office said: “These dead birds are prohibited from importation to the United States as unprocessed birds pose a potentially significant disease threat to our nation’s poultry industries and more alarmingly to our citizens as potential vectors of avian influenza.”
The CBP quickly confiscated the package, and its contents was incinerated with approval from the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture).
The traveler was destined to an address in Prince George’s County, Maryland.