USDA restricts rice imports
The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has placed restrictions on the import of rice to prevent the introduction of Khapra beetles ( Trogoderma granarium). Imports of non-commercial quantities of rice from countries where the beetle occurs will be prohibited from July 30th. Commercial shipments will be required to carry a declaration that they are free from infestation. The beetle poses a serious threat to stored produce, including grains, spices and packaged goods, the APHIS points out. Previous detections have resulted in costly eradication efforts, it adds.