(Chicago) U.S. Customs and border protection officials in Chicago say they’ve turned a rice shipment back to Pakistan because it contained a destructive beetle.
A shipment of over 1,000 bags of rice came into the port of Chicago last week. They say agriculture specialists found evidence of copper beetles and sent the specimens to the USDA where it was confirmed that they were the same beetles known for destroying grain products and the shipment was sent back to where it came from.
It is not the first time the copper beetle has been detected in North America, but it is one that should make people nervous in the Midwest because it is one of the most destructive pests of grain products and seeds in the world.
It’s native to India and has become established in many middle-eastern countries and Africa that can tolerate insecticides and can survive without food for long periods of time.
Iowa Radio Network
August 1, 2013