CINCINNATI—Since January 1, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agriculture specialists in Cincinnati have intercepted more than 4,850 pounds of prohibited mangoes, strawberry guava, and grugru fruit coming from Mexico.
The fresh fruit came in 97 separate packages from a single shipper in Morelos and were destined to multiple locations throughout the United States. The shipments were manifested as crafts, decorations, dried fruits, and flours.
“Our agriculture specialists work to protect our U.S. crops and food supply each and every day,” said CBP Cincinnati Supervisory Agriculture Specialist Barbara Hassan. “This is one example of how their dedication makes a difference to security of the American agriculture trade.”
Fresh produce is regulated to prevent the accidental introduction of foreign diseases and pests such as the mango seed weevil, guava weevils, and fruit flies. Fruit flies target more than 400 host plants, and their presence in the U.S. would cause major economic losses, costs associated with implementing control measures, and extensive damage to many American agricultural crops.
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.