Border Officials Seize Prohibited Plants, Fruits

PEMBINA, N.D. (AP) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials say they confiscated a large amount of plants and fruits over the summer at Canadian border ports in North Dakota and Minnesota.

More than 8,000 prohibited items were seized from travelers entering the U.S. Officials say some of the items were infested with insects or diseases that pose a threat to the U.S. agriculture industry.

One shipment of pottery was infested with insects commonly known as thrips, which feed on developing flowers, fruits and vegetables.

Customs officials say fines of up to $300 were levied in some of the cases.

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  • leroy

    They can catch a fruit, but not a mexican? What the….

  • dan

    This is a joke! I have crossed the border several times over the summer. The first time they took the limes that I had purchased in the US, brought to Canada and didnt use and simply wanted to bring them home. Even though the stickers were still on the fruit they took the limes and proceeded to give me a 5 minute lecture.
    Second time I made sure I didnt have any fruits. When asked what was in my camper fridge, I thought of every leftover I could think of. When they inspected and found carrots I recd another 5 minute lecture for not disclosing what was all in my fridge. When I asked if carrots were prohibited he said no, but I should know what is in my fridge.
    Waste of time!

  • Jeff

    @dan, if you are that stupid perhaps you should own up to it!

  • sad but true

    Sorry Dan, but I have to agree with Jeff!….You’re pretty darn stupid!

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