Flowers Scrutinized at Border

POSTED: Wednesday, February 10, 2010 - 7:36am

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 2:26pm

El Paso - - Customs agents are making sure our Valentine's Day is a safe one.

They are inspecting flowers from Mexico to make sure they do not contain harmful pests.

Tens of thousands of roses and other flowers are imported to the U.S. this time of year.

Border inspectors say while many flowers do not pose a problem, others do...

"Some of the prohibited flowers include chrysanthemums, gladiolas. There's a stem filler greenery. Anything out of the citrus family. There's another one known as mock orange."

Careful inspection can prevent pets from coming to the U.S. where they can harm the economy and the environment.

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