Raw chickens seized from traveler from Vietnam

Raw chickens seized from traveler from Vietnam

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20 small raw chickens (U.S. Customs and Border Protection) 20 small raw chickens (U.S. Customs and Border Protection)
STERLING, Va. -

Customs officials say 20 small black raw chickens were seized from a passenger arriving from Vietnam at Dulles International Airport outside Washington.

Officials say importing raw poultry from areas where avian influenza or other fowl diseases are known to occur is not allowed without a permit. That's because those diseases could affect the domestic poultry industry and hurt international trade. Customs officials say the chickens seized last week were incinerated.

Spokesman Steve Sapp says agents found two bags containing chickens in a cooler. The birds were whole, but without feathers and had bluish-grey and black skin.

Customs officials say agents also seized items made from prohibited African elephant tusk ivory last week at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. The items were found in the luggage of a 57-year-old Nigerian man.

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