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Brownsville CBP Agriculture Specialists Intercept Rare First in Nation Pest in Flower Shipment

Release Date: 
August 3, 2021

BROWNSVILLE, Texas — Agriculture Specialists with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Veterans International Bridge import cargo lot intercepted a rare “First in Nation” pest in a shipment of flowers.

“The work performed by our CBP agriculture specialists is an important element in safeguarding our nation’s agriculture by preventing the entry of pests and animal and plant diseases not known to exist in the U.S.,” said Port Director Tater Ortiz, Brownsville Port of Entry.  

A specimen of Alampyris fuliginea Bates, 1881 (Cerambycidae) intercepted by CBP agriculture specialists at Brownsville Port of Entry.
A specimen of Alampyris fuliginea Bates, 1881
(Cerambycidae) a first in nation pest interception by
CBP agriculture specialists at Brownsville Port
of Entry.

The interception occurred on June 9, at the Veterans International Bridge import lot when a commercial shipment of cut flowers was referred to secondary for an agriculture examination.  Upon inspection of the Aster sp. cut flowers, CBP agriculture specialists intercepted the pest which was submitted for identification to a local U.S. Department of Agriculture area entomologist. The initial identification was later confirmed by a national specialist as Alampyris fuliginea Bates, 1881 (Cerambycidae) a quarantine significant pest requiring phytosanitary action. 

On July 28, the initial identification of the pest found was confirmed by a National Specialist with USDA Animal and Plant Health Services (APHIS), Plant Pest Quarantine (PPQ) National Identification Services (NIS) as a First-in-Nation interception. 

Given the quarantine status of Alampyris fuliginea, the shipment of flowers was re-exported as a precautionary measure. 

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Last modified: 
August 3, 2021