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Puerto Rico joining the “Don’t Pack a Pest” Program

December 3, 2013

Program continues to attract partners in the Caribbean

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Representatives of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and U.S. Customs and Border Protection flank a sign at the airport in San Juan as they prepare for the official launch of the Don’t Pack a Pest program in Puerto Rico. The USDA is also a partner in the program.

Representatives of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Service are in San Juan this week for the official launch of the Don’t Pack a Pest program in Puerto Rico. The FDACS Division of Plant Industry administers the federally funded program in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The program enlists the cooperation of the traveling public to halt the spread of invasive pests and diseases.

Signs urging international travelers to declare agricultural items carried in baggage are now on display at airports in Puerto Rico as well as in the continental U.S. and Jamaica. Linus, a Customs and Border Protection agriculture detector dog, is the face of the campaign.

In the continental United States, the “Don’t Pack a Pest” message is delivered in a 60-second video playing at the nation’s 20 busiest international airports, as well as on billboards and on signage displayed at international airports and cruise ship terminals. The video is also playing aboard JetBlue and American Airlines flights and can be viewed online.

Jamaica joined the partnership earlier in 2013. The Dominican Republic and the U.S. Virgin Islands are due to come on board in 2014.

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