Pest Exclusion/Produce Quality Bureau
Prevents the entry & distribution of exotic insect and plant pests, enforces produce quality standards, certifies & inspects farmers’ markets
Deputy Director Ed Williams
We protect consumers, home gardeners, and agricultural producers by enforcing laws and regulations to prevent entry of insect pests and plant diseases and to maintain produce quality.
Pest Exclusion prevents entry and distribution of exotic insect and plant pests through regular inspections at airports, express carriers, post offices, nurseries, and truck deliveries. Nursery and Seed inspections monitor the cleanliness of nursery stock. Produce Quality inspections protect consumers from substandard quality and mislabeled or deceptively packaged fruits, nuts, vegetables, and eggs. Our Entomology/Plant Pathology Laboratory examines and identifies thousands of insect and plant specimens submitted annually by quarantine inspectors, pest control operators, and the public.