Birds nest soup. Yum.

May 22 (UPI) -- Customs officials at a Texas airport said they seized 63 birds nest pieces from the luggage of a traveler arriving from Vietnam.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection said the passenger arrived Thursday at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and declared agricultural items, but did not declare the nest pieces, despite being directly asked about them by officers.

Customs said the nest pieces, made from the solidified saliva of birds, are considered a delicacy in some countries, but are prohibited from being brought to the United States because they can carry Newcastle Disease or the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza virus.


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