6 giant African snails found live at the airport by Detroit customs officials
US Customs and Border Protection found six live giant African wild snails inside a suitcase during a passenger’s recent arrival at Detroit Metro Airport – all of which were meant to be eaten.
The snails were inside a bag When a traveler arrived in the US from Ghana and was immediately intercepted by Customs and Border Protection.
According to the CBP, it was all meant to be consumed, which could pose health risks to humans and the environment.
“Our CBP officials and agricultural experts are working diligently to target, detect and intercept potential threats before they have a chance to harm US interests,” said Port Administrator Robert Larkin. “The detection of this highly invasive pest truly benefits the health and well-being of the American people.”
Giant African snails Can carry parasitic nematodes It can lead to meningitis in humans.
Snails can also eat at least 500 different types of plants, along with stucco and stucco, which means they can cause significant damage to structures and ecosystems.
They are considered Banned pest in the United Statesalthough they are popular for consumption and even kept as pets in other countries.