U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents have confiscated dozens of chicken skeletons sent from China to the U.S.
The first shipments arrived into the port of Baltimore in July.
The latest arrival came at the beginning of August.
Officials say the chicken skeletons, which appeared to be intended for educational use and display, lacked proper import permits.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, China is considered to have present Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI).
The skeletons may have also posed a potential threat to the United States poultry industry.
Agents issued notification to the Manassas, Va., importer requiring that the cases of chicken skeletons need to be re-exported or destroyed.
Some of the skeletons were packaged inside display cases and were shipped with other research and educational products such as microscopes, test tubes and thermometers.
Skeletons of fish, turtles, rats, snakes and bats were also found in the shipments.
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