Not About Food 46

This is why it's not cool to flout agricultural import restrictions

Ruth Lafler | Aug 28, 200904:10 PM


"Tests were under way Friday on at least 100 bugs that were found inside a FedEx package and can be carriers of a deadly citrus bacteria.

The finding this week by a sniff dog in Sacramento is the latest bad news for the state's $1.6 billion citrus industry, which has seen the Asian citrus psyllid jump quarantines in San Diego and Imperial counties and move into Orange and Los Angeles counties on a march from Mexico.

Psyllids are a carrier of huanlongbing, a deadly bacteria that has devastated citrus industries across China, Brazil and Florida, where 200,000 acres of trees have died.

....In July, a sniff dog in Fresno found a package of curry leaves with infected psyllids in a FedEx package from India that had eluded inspectors at its Los Angeles point of entry."

Not to mention the quarantines to contain the spread of these pests cost the taxpayers many millions of dollars.

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