PHARR, Texas – More shipments of tomatoes and jalapeno peppers coming from Mexico into the U.S. through the Rio Grande Valley will be given extra attention.
The inspections will begin on Friday, Nov. 22 at all ports of entry including the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge. The closer inspections by the U.S. Department of Agriculture stem from an increase in the Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus that can attack tomatoes and peppers.
The virus is only bad for fruit and vegetables, not humans or animals. U.S. producers eradicated the virus, but it is common in third world countries and Mexico.