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October 5, 2007

House Subcommittee on Horticulture and Organic Agriculture Hearing on Border Inspections

Subcommittee Reviews Performance of Border Inspections Responsible for Interception of Foreign Pests and Diseases

WASHINGTON - Today [October 3] the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Horticulture and Organic Agriculture held a hearing to examine the joint performance of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), the Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in protecting U.S. agriculture from foreign pests and diseases. Congressman Dennis Cardoza of California is Chairman of the Subcommittee.
“Stopping foreign pests and prohibited agricultural products from entering the US might not be as sexy as stopping terrorists, weapons or drugs but it is certainly just as important,” said Chairman Cardoza during the hearing.  “These are six and eight-legged terrorists that can wreak havoc on our nation’s agricultural industry, costing billions of taxpayer dollars in eradication efforts and decimate our ability to access new export markets.”
House Agriculture Committee News Release

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