Customs agents seize illegal chicken lollipop pet treats

DALLAS — Customs officials working at the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport intercepted a shipment of prohibited pet treats, authorities said.

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According to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection news release, agriculture specialists working at the airport on April 14 found a shipment manifested as men’s sweaters that were actually chicken lollipops. The treats were shipped from Hong Kong and had a Highlands, Texas, destination, the news release stated.

Agents confiscated 93 chicken-flavored lollipops with rawhide stems, the CBP said in its news release. The treats are prohibited in the United States due to concerns about animal disease.

“Consumers are unaware that some international goods and products are prohibited or restricted because of the potential agriculture or biological risks associated with that product,” Dallas CBP Port Director Tim Lemaux said in a statement. “When we encounter suspicious shipments, we examine them and then act accordingly. In this case, we seized the shipment to protect our nation’s agriculture industry.”

All of the lollipops were destroyed by steam sterilization, the CBP said.