Scientific labs test produce at U.S.-Mexico port of entry in California

The U.S. government is responding with a multiagency strategy for regulating and protecting the nation’s food supply at Otay Mesa Port of Entry, one of the busiest commercial ports along the U.S.-Mexico border, according to U-T San Diego.

In the California Highway Patrol parking lot, there are white trailers packed with scientific equipment used to test U.S.-bound agricultural imports for various contaminants and pathogens.

The mobile laboratories belong to the Food and Drug Administration and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Both groups’ units have been funded with national security money from the Department of Homeland Security.

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About tanialara

Tania Lara has a vast experience working as a journalist in Mexico and the U.S. reporting in-depth about the economic contributions and realities of Mexican immigrants. This summer, she will be covering border issues and elections for the 21st Century Border Initiative blog. Her stories about complex cross border matters have been published in Spanish-language media outlets including CNN México, Expansión, and ¡Ahora Sí!, as well as the English-language newspaper The Austin American-Statesman.
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