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Travelers from Sudan, India, and Turkey were found to have luggage containing "live, dead Khapra beetles and cast Khapra beetle skin remains" among various food items they had packed.
These beetles are termed as a federal-quarantine pest, capable of destroying grain products and seeds. An infestation could cost millions to eradicate because the hearty beetles are resistant to a variety of insecticides. An introduction to the country's agriculture system could be detrimental.
In June 2017 the Houston Chronicle reported on a similar find at IAH when a traveler coming from Sudan had the beetles' live larvae among chickpeas and hibiscus in a suitcase.