Inspectors watch for pests among cut-flower imports


Issue Date: February 13, 2013

The Valentine’s Day floral rush brings millions of cut flower imports pouring into the U.S., and federal officials say some of those flowers carry more than the promise of sweet sentiments. U.S. Customs and Border Protection said agriculture specialists inspect millions of shipments each year because some imported flowers may carry hitchhiking pests and diseases that could harm the U.S. flower business.

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