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1,000 Christmas trees destroyed after bugs discovered

Date Posted: 2003-12-25

It wasn’t “Bah! Humbug!” which put a crimp on Chrismas, but the work of a simple bug. Inspectors of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries ordered 1,000 Christmas trees destroyed after they discovered to be infested with a bug that does not exist in Japan. The trees arrived at Aja Port in Naha City on Nov. 14 in containers from Washington State, and were intended to U.S. military families.

“If these bugs got out, there’s no telling what kind of damage they could inflict on local fruit and vegetable crops,” an inspector said. “We had no choice but to order them all burned,” he added. A plant quarantine inspector said that it was very unusual that infected Christmas trees had been found. “I remember only one time before. In 1995 we found another type of bugs, and had to burn those trees too,” the inspector said.

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