FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- Agriculture officials are breathing easier now that tests on citrus pests found last month in a Sacramento FedEx shipment show the bugs do not carry a bacteria fatal to trees.
Frank Carl, agricultural commissioner for Sacramento County, said Friday that as a precaution further tests are being conducted on the 100 Asian citrus psyllids and nymphs found on curry leaves in the package.
Psyllids can carry huanlongbing, a deadly bacteria that has devastated citrus industries across China, Brazil and Florida, where 200,000 acres of trees have died.
Infected psyllids were found by a Fresno sniff dog in July in a FedEx package from India.
The bugs have moved north from Mexico into Los Angeles, Orange, Imperial and San Diego counties.