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Khapra Beetle Found In Rice At Airport

CHICAGO, Aug. 23 (UPI) — Chicago police say they found a destructive Khapra beetle in rice brought from India on an airplane.

The beetle, in larva stage, was found in one of two 10-pound bags of rice that were quarantined on Aug. 16 at Chicago O’Hare International Airport, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Khapra beetles are “one of the world’s most tenacious and destructive stored-produce pests because of its ability to damage grain,” a release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection said.

Rice from countries known for Khapra beetle infestations is automatically quarantined by a federal restriction, and is combed over by agricultural specialists. This is the fourth Khapra beetle to be found at Chicago O’Hare from overseas shipments this year.

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