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Potentially destructive beetle found on UPS flight

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A box containing oats from India on a
flight to Louisville was found to also contain an invasive species
of beetle that isn't present in the United States.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection says customs agents in
Louisville found the Khapra beetle. The Courier-Journal reports the
box was marked as containing oats and from an area known to have
the Khapra beetle so agents searched the parcel and found one
beetle still in its larval stage.
The box was on a Feb. 2 UPS flight to Louisville.
The Department of Agriculture says the beetle is a serious pest
of grain storage in the Middle East, Africa and eastern Asia but is
not present in the U.S.
Customs spokesman Brian Bell says the beetle sticks to grain and
can cause digestive problems if consumed.
He says there wasn't any harmful intent in the shipment.
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Information from: The Courier-Journal,
http://www.courier-journal.com

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