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.