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Beetles in Your Basmati! Larvae Found in Long Beach

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Customs inspectors have found larvae of the khapra beetle in a shipment of rice from Pakistan, according to CBS. The larvae-riddled finding was made on January 13th and has just been established as a pest that did not originate in the United States. Jaime Ruiz of U.S. Customs and Border Protection says this is the fourth seizure of khapra beetle larvae in the last two and a half months. So before you start stirring your basmati diligently to get the perfect texture, rinse, rinse, rinse!