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Giant African snails discovered in man’s luggage at JFK Airport, CBP officials say – Fresno, California

Fresno, California 2021-04-09 00:10:11 –

Queens, New York-They are slow, slimy and a threat to society.

This is a giant African snail discovered during a baggage inspection at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City on Sunday.

Agricultural experts at the US Customs and Border Protection caught 22 highly invasive and slimy creatures after checking an American man arriving by plane from Ghana.

In addition, experts have discovered banned beef tails, dried beef, turkey nuts, carrots, medicinal leaves and preques, traditional African spices and medicinal plant products.

“U.S. Customs and Border Protection agricultural experts are US frontline defenders of invasive flora and fauna pests that threaten our agricultural resources, and they have this complex and challenging mission with extraordinary commitment and vigilance. “We are facing,” said Marty Raybon, Deputy Director of Field Operations at CBP. New York Field Office.

According to the US Department of Agriculture, the giant African snail is one of the most devastating in the world.

Creatures consume at least 500 species of plants and can cause enormous damage to tropical and subtropical environments.

It also causes structural damage to plaster and stucco.

To make matters worse, snails carry parasitic nematodes that can cause meningitis, which poses a serious health risk to humans.

Giant African snails breed quickly and lay 1,200 eggs a year.

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