Bugs At The Border Threaten U.S. Agriculture

DETROIT (WWJ) – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials in Detroit say it’s been a busy spring for bugs at the border.

Over the past six months, they’ve found two Khapra beetles, three snails, two noxious weeds, two wood boring pests and one exotic termite in shipments into the Fort Street Cargo Facility in Detroit.

“The Khapra beetles alone have the potential to cause tremendous economic damage to the agricultural industry,” said Acting Port Director David Beculheimer, in a news release.

“The snails and noxious weeds could severely impact a billion dollar agricultural industry if not contained. These intercepts show CBP Agriculture Specialists are dedicated to protecting our nation’s agriculture interests,” he said.

It was discovered in a shipment of chickpeas from India. The snails were in a coil of steel from Russia, while the termite was found in wood packing material in an auto parts shipment from Pakistan.

  • Ron

    Thank you for running this story, but there is a mistake. You identifiy the source of these interceptions as U.S. Agriculture Department officials and they are not. The story was sent out by U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the individuals covered are CBP Agriculture Specialist. These individuals work at the Ports Of Entry, bridge, tunnel, airports, enforcing Ag Dept rules and regulations but are CBP employees.
    Again, thank you for running this story. Chief Ron Smith, Public Affairs Liiaison, Detroit Field Office, US Customs and Border Protection

  • Dillmom

    Yet another reason to stop sending U.S. jobs overseas.

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