In Canada the B.C. Liquor Distribution Branch will destroy $182,000 worth of Christmas decorations imported from China because the shipment included an unwanted gift: a brown fir longhorned beetle.
The wood-boring pest, which attacks dead or dying trees, was discovered by staff at a Metro liquor store last month as they unpacked wood and pine cone decorations.
The beetle was reported to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, which last week ordered the decorations be removed from stores and destroyed.
Via Muriel Suffert, Anne-Sophie Roy