Pest discovered in shipment of fresh basil from Mexico

January 9, 2014 5:15:50 PM PST
A rare pest was recently discovered at SFO in a shipment of fresh basil from Mexico.

The pest is often referred to as a type of stink bug and poses a major agricultural threat. It lives mainly on the juices of plants and fruits, but this discovery is the first known appearance of this particular pest on fresh basil.

After authorities identified the pest, the entire shipment was refused entry and ordered to be exported from the United States.

The stink bug has only been discovered once before in the United States.