O’Hare rat meat seized. Officials said agents from the Customs and Border Protection Office at O ’Hare Airport thwarted a man’s attempt to introduce several pounds of African rat meat into the country. The meat was seized.
The spokesman of the Customs Office, Steve Bansbach, confirmed on Tuesday, that on June 26, a man declared 32 pounds of rat meat after arriving in Chicago on a flight from Côte d’Ivoire and that the meat was confiscated and destroyed.
Bansbach said the man does not face a fine and continued his trip because he was honest about his shipment.
He indicated that the customs agents prohibit the entry of meat from Africa to prevent the spread of African swine fever.
The Department of Agriculture affirms that it is a highly contagious and lethal viral disease that affects domestic and wild pigs, but that does not represent risks for the human being.
The success of rat meat in India
The meat of this animal is sometimes more expensive than that of pork or chicken in India.
At the end of every year in a market in northeastern India, the rat is a delicacy and a source of income for tribal community members employed the rest of the time in tea plantations.
Intended to be boiled, stripped and then cooked with a spicy sauce, this rodent is more popular than chicken and pork by Sunday market customers in Kumarikata, a village in Assam, a large state in northeastern India. .
Consumers buy hundreds of freshly caught and skinned rats, a hunt that also protects rice fields in these fields near Bhutan. The already roasted rat is also in great demand.
During the winter months, when labor is scarce in tea plantations in the region, this activity allows poor tribal communities to earn some money.
One kilogram of rat meat, considered a refined dish, sells for about 200 rupees (2.5 euros), which is as much as chicken and pork.
In the evening, the tribal people place traps made of bamboo at the exit of the burrows in the rice fields. Hunters work at night to prevent predators from eating dead prey before they can collect it.
“We put traps in the fields because rats eat rice crops,” says Samba Soren, a Kumarikata rat salesman.
Farmers believe that the rat population has increased in the region in recent years. Some of them can weigh more than a kilo, and market traders claim to bring back between 10 and 20 kilograms per night.