U.S. Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists assigned to Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport seized a pair of decorative Christmas reindeer figures. A passenger arriving from El Salvador was carrying the reindeer figurines in luggage.
Upon inspection, CBP agriculture specialists found that the reindeer were made of grass material which contained seeds that could be propagated. The blades of the grass also showed possible disease symptoms. Seeds for propagation that are not accompanied by an appropriate plant health certificate, which this passenger did not provide, are prohibited entry into the United States.
Samples of the seeds and diseased grass were forwarded to the local USDA Plant Inspection Station for identification. The prohibited agriculture items were seized, safeguarded and relinquished to USDA for destruction.