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Agents destroy brooms carrying harmful fungus

HONOLULU (AP) - Federal authorities have destroyed imported brooms found to be carrying a harmful fungus.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports U.S. Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists found the fungus Aug. 9 on a shipment of "native brooms" from the Philippines.

The handicrafts were made from a species of palm.

Signs of plant disease prompted the agriculture specialists to seal the container for further inspection. The U.S. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service identified the fungus as a type of Guignardia and said it would be harmful to plants.

The shipment was destroyed by steam sterilization.

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