Last week, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport confiscated 32 pounds of rat meat from a passenger arriving from the Ivory Coast.
The rat meat was discovered when the passenger disclosed he was carrying rat meat. The meat was seized and destroyed and the traveler was not fined.
In general, the TSA does allow travelers to transport frozen meat, seafood, vegetables and other “non-liquid” food in carry-on and checked bags. However, the rat meat was seized to prevent the spread of contagious diseases.