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Saturday May 7, 2011

Border Patrol Working Hard to Ensure a ‘Pest’ Free Dia de Las Madres

Border Patrol Working Hard to Ensure a ‘Pest’ Free Dia de Las Madres

Photo: Mother's Day Flowers

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With Mother’s Day celebrations on the calendar for tomorrow, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agriculture specialists working at U.S. ports of entry are busy making sure that flower imports are free from insects, pests and diseases that could harm the agricultural and floral industries of the United States.

“CBP agriculture specialists will be inspecting cut flowers and plants for any sign of insects, pests or diseases,” said Ana Hinojosa, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Director of Field Operations in El Paso. “It is an important part of the CBP mission to identify and stop pests and diseases at the border before they can be spread elsewhere.”

In advance of this traditionally busy period for floral imports, CBP is reminding border crossers who plan to import flowers and plants from Mexico to advise their florist that the arrangements are destined for U.S. delivery. Some plants commonly found in floral arrangements are prohibited including gladiolas, chrysanthemums and choisya (a green citrus like floral filler).

Along with Mother’s Day; Valentine’s Day and the Easter holiday weekend are times when CBP agriculture specialists are very busy inspecting floral arrangements. At international ports of entry, land borders and international mail facilities, CBP agriculture specialists are the front line in the fight against the introduction of insects, pests and diseases into the United States.