NEWARK, N.J.—U.S. Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists serving the greater New York & New Jersey area intercepted the Khapra Beetle six times during a one-month period.
During the month of February, CBP agriculture specialists from John F. Kennedy International Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport and the Port of New York/New Jersey had six Khapra Beetle intercepts combined.
"CBP agriculture specialists continually demonstrate their vigilance in intercepting these extremely destructive pests that could wreak significant damage to our agricultural and economic interests," said Robert E. Perez, Director, Field Operations, New York Field Office.
These pests were found by CBP in both the air and sea cargo environment. Once the specimen is identified as the Khapra Beetle, CBP issues an Emergency Action Notification to the importer.
The Khapra Beetle is an extremely serious pest to grain and other stored products. This pest may also show up in a variety of locations that are not obvious food sources such as burlap bags, corrugated boxes (where they feed on the glue) and animal hides. Native to India, the Khapra Beetle has spread to other countries in Africa, the Middle East, the Near East, pockets of Europe and Eastern Asia. It has been designated as one of the 100 worst invasive species worldwide.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.