Authorities announced Friday that six Giant African Snails were confiscated by border officials from a suitcase belonging a traveler who was traveling from Africa to Detroit.
The snails were found at Detroit Metropolitan Airport by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. They were discovered in the luggage of a Ghanaian traveler who had just returned from Ghana.
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Robert Larkin, Port Director, stated that CBP officers and agricultural specialists are diligent in identifying, detecting, and intercepting potential threats before they can do damage to U.S. interest. “The American people’s health and well-being are greatly improved by the discovery of this highly invading pest.”
Authorities help because the snails were intended to be eaten. They can pose a health risk to both humans and the environment.
The Giant African Snails may carry a parasitic virus that can cause meningitis in people. They can also consume at least 500 types of plants and plaster and stucco. This means they can cause serious damage to ecosystems and structures.
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They are banned in the United States, but they are still popular and can be eaten.