Miscellaneous and Processed Products: Regulating the Importation of Miscellaneous and Processed Products Regulated by Plant Protection and Quarantine   [open pdf - 2MB]

"The Miscellaneous and Processed Products Manual provides the background, procedures, and reference tables for regulating imported articles of nonplant origin (i.e., goatskins, brassware, and beeswax) that might serve to introduce exotic pests and parasites. The articles from the countries of origin listed in this manual are regulated because just one destructive pest might be enough to start a pest outbreak that can cause millions of dollars of damage to crops, trees, flowers, or lawns. By their destructiveness, pests can increase the price and reduce the quality of food, lower property values, and ruin recreational areas. The extinction of just one plant species does away with the aesthetic, ecological, educational, historical, recreational, commercial, and scientific value of our world. […] The Miscellaneous and Processed Products Manual covers all nonplant articles that could serve to introduce exotic pests or parasites (e.g., goatskins are entered because they can sustain populations of the khapra beetle; while beeswax is entered because it could introduce exotic bee mites or diseases of bees). Specifically, the manual covers: 1. Products that result from the harvesting and milling of field crops--principally corn, cotton, rice, sugarcane, and wheat 2. Products that result from the harvesting, preserving, and processing of fruits, herbs, nuts and other seeds, and vegetables 3. Nonplant articles that could become contaminated with exotic plant pests, parasites, and/or animal secretions 4. Decorative articles and handicrafts constructed using plants and plant parts 5. Herbarium specimens."

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