CBP Officers Inspecting Valentines Day Flowers

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POSTED: Friday, February 11, 2011 - 10:11pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 11:41am

CBP officers specializing in agriculture will be keeping busy at international bridges as it's valentines day weekend. Dozens and dozens of flowers will be coming into the US and those officers want to make sure those flowers are safe.

At Cindy's flower shop in Brownsville they are busy putting together flower arrangements for Valentines day.

"Even though it's a tough situation with the economy people do get excited and look around to get arrangements to give to their loved ones."

Cindy's flowers says all her flowers are inspected.

"When we get the roses or flowers they are already inspected, so it's safe them to take by smelling them or getting close they are not taking any risk of anything."

That's the same thing Customs and Border Protection officers are at doing at ports of entry. In the lower valley they process dozens and dozens of flowers imported making sure they free from insects and diseases that could harm the agricultural and floral industry in the united states. CBP officers say the most common types of insects intercepted in cut flowers imports are moths and and miner flies

These are flowers and plants plants not allowed to enter in the united states.

Chrysanthemums, Gladiolas and Choisya and Murraya.

CBP officers warn folks to be especially careful if your importing flowers into the US.

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