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Chinese snail forces fumigation at Baltimore port
Chinese snail forces fumigation at Baltimore port

A shipment of aluminum sheets from China had to be fumigated at the port of Baltimore this week after a snail species never seen locally before was spotted on the outside of a shipping container, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The Acusta sp. snail species could have posed "a significant agriculture threat because they cause damage by feeding on agricultural and horticultural crops as well as native plants, thereby lowering crop yields and crop quality," CBP officials said Wednesday. It was spotted on Sept. 10 and collected for official identification by a malacologist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The shipment was "safeguarded." On Monday,...

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