Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Exported Nigerian snails seized and destroyed at Los Angeles Airport

'Snails are poisonous and highly destructive' ,The snails reached in the States from Nigeria on July 1st in a blue basket .

U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibited it also because they said snails can carry parasites that are harmful to humans, including one that can lead to. meningitis and can destroy local crops.

"We're investigating what happened, but it doesn't seem like there was smuggling involved. When someone doesn't know a commodity is prohibited under USDA regulations there is usually no punishment," she said.

67 African snails, Maveeda Mirza, the U.S Customs and Border Protection  program manager say they are investigating why an individual would want to consume such an amount of deadly snails.

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