Customs discovers new type of pest

June 18, 2009 1:09:51 PM PDT
A U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agriculture specialist working in Freeport, Texas recently discovered a weevil in a pineapple shipment that the science world has yet to describe.Agriculture specialists discovered two weevils during a routine cargo examination of a 50,000-kilogram shipment of Guatemalan pineapples. Since the specialists were not able to identify the pests, they sent the specimens to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for identification.

When CBP sent the weevil to the USDA for identification, it was a routine matter. When USDA results indicated that the weevil was unknown, well that brought excitement to a rather common mission.

"On rare occasions while our officers and agriculture specialists are doing their jobs they make history. CBP is very proud of our agriculture specialists and their accomplishments," said Jeffrey O. Baldwin, Sr. director, Houston Field Operations.

In a statement to CBP, the Smithsonian Institute's Entomology Lab in Washington D.C. wrote that the species was similar to the weevil genera Conotrachelus and belonging to a tropical genus that is currently not described in the traditional sense.

Customs and Border Protection ordered the shipment of pineapples be treated, destroyed or re-exported to prevent the introduction this agricultural pest.

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