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X-Ray technology for produce | (UPI) In an effort to save crops currently quarantined in California because of a Mexican fruit fly infestation, growers are turning to a solution recently approved by the U.S. Agriculture Department.

Growers will have their fresh produce treated with SureBeam Corp.'s X-ray technology, a process that uses ordinary electricity to eliminate fruit fly larvae. It's the first time the technology will be used on fresh produce in the continental United States.

The quarantine, imposed on Dec. 5, 2002, now covers 130 square miles of San Diego County. The technology enables growers to save their crop, which otherwise would be destroyed or left to rot to contain the infestation.

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