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CBP Agriculture Specialists at JFK Discover Live Larvae Among Air Cargo of Plastic Flowers

To date, almost 28,000 prohibited agriculture items have been seized and 4,500 pests have been discovered in air cargo by CBPAS at JFK.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agriculture Specialists (CBPAS) at the John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) International Mail Facility (IMF) found some real pests among a shipment of plastic flowers from Kenya.

On May 3, 2023, CBPAS inspected a parcel at the JFK IMF and found 630 live insect larvae concealed within a shipment of artificial flowers from Kenya. The shipment was seized for violating U.S. Department of Agriculture regulations. The shipment was safeguarded under CBPAS supervision to prevent the spread of the pests. 

To date, almost 28,000 prohibited agriculture items have been seized and 4,500 pests have been discovered in air cargo by CBPAS at JFK.

“This latest interception highlights the vigilance and dedication to duty that our CBP Agriculture Specialists demonstrate daily. By doing so, they ensure that the United States is safe from harmful pests entering our country that could potentially cause grave damage to our agricultural and economic vitality,” said Francis J. Russo, Director, Field Operations, New York Field Office.

Although many are tiny and seem innocuous, pests can delay global trade, and destabilize the national economy and food supply. A single pest can cause millions of dollars in damages.

Read more at CBP

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