LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A grain-gobbling non-native beetle was recently found in a shipment of rice from Saudi Arabia at Los Angeles International Airport, according to U.S. customs officials.
A commercial airlines passenger on Aug. 9 carried the rice containing a dead adult, living larva and cast-off skins, said Lee Harty of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.READ MORE: Staples At Full Capacity For First Time Since March Of 2020 As Clippers Make History
The rice, carried by a commercial airlines passenger, contained a dead adult, living larva and cast off skins, according to Lee Harty of CBP.READ MORE: Digital Version Of COVID Vaccine Card Now Available To All Californians
Another shipment of rice from Saudi Arabia that originated from India arrived at LAX in late December or early January with an adult Kharpa beetle and eight larvae in it.
The beetles, which originated in South Asia, are among the most destructive grain pests. They have been eradicated in the U.S. several times, then accidentally reintroduced.MORE NEWS: Caught On Camera: Mother, Daughters Working At San Bernardino Taco Stand Attacked
Because of the threat, rice from certain countries requires special certificates and is quarantined, Harty said.
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