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Published December 04, 2009, 08:10 AM

Diseased fruit intercepted at N.D. border

Agents at the U.S.-Canada border station at Portal, N.D., intercepted citrus fruit infected with a plant disease they say is not yet present in the U.S.

By: Associated Press,

PORTAL, N.D. — Agents at the U.S.-Canada border station at Portal intercepted citrus fruit infected with a plant disease they say is not yet present in the U.S.

Customs and Border Protection says agriculture specialists in October twice intercepted mandarin oranges that were infected with citrus black spot disease.

Authorities say the fruit was found in the vehicles of travelers coming from Canada who were destined for Sun Belt states, where citrus industries could be devastated by the disease.

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