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Airport Officials Confiscated Dead Birds In Chinese Passenger's Baggage From China

Airport officials at Dulles International Airport in the U.S. intercepted a package of tiny dead birds from a passenger's bag.

        Credit: US Customs and Border Protection
The Chinese traveler has arrived to D.C. on a flight from Beijing, China on Jan. 27.During the luggage examination by agriculture specialists who discovered a transparent package with pictures of a dog and cat printed on it. Inside the bag were seen several tiny dead, dried birds - where the passenger declared it as cat food.

Authorities quickly confiscated the package, as it is strictly prohibited in the U.S. from China because of their potential to carry bird flu. 

“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,” Casey Durst, director of field operations for the CBP’s Baltimore field office said in a news release.

   Credit: US Customs and Border Protection
“Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists continue to exercise extraordinary vigilance every day in their fight to protect our nation’s agricultural and economic prosperity from invasive pests and animal diseases.”

The package was destroyed on behalf of the U.S. Department of Agriculture by border protection agriculture specialists.

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