Originally Posted by harveyc
If the Bangkock inspector had been doing their job, the plant should have never been shipped. While I believe the USDA probably did the right thing, I can't help but wonder if they sometimes might make something up if they don't like the looks of something. It was signed by two officers, however, so that's not likely.
You'll never know for sure. EVEN IF the Bangkok inspectors have done their job to the dotted i's and crossed t's, it could be cross contamination from shipments from other sellers and shippers who don't bother with phyto inspections and paper work. The mixture of plants will go together into one container, and you know when that happens even if you have a sickingly clean plant to start with. Banana plants have more water than other plants and hold on to it longer too, and if the other plants with scales have dried out, guess they have no choice but to sip on Harvey's very plump variegated banana.