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Spy-tech used to inspect bell peppers

Advanced detection technique developed by US intelligence agencies guards Israeli consumers from hazardous substances in crops

Illustrative photo of yellow peppers being processed. (photo credit: Rachael Cerrotti/Flash90)
Illustrative photo of yellow peppers being processed. (photo credit: Rachael Cerrotti/Flash90)

A major Israeli agricultural conglomerate announced Sunday that it was using advanced detection techniques originally developed by the FBI and CIA to ensure its crop of bell peppers is free of dangerous pesticides, chemicals or bacteria.

Ein Yahav, which oversees 120 cooperative farms responsible annually for 34,000 tons of produce for the domestic and export markets, said the new technology can identify minute amounts of more than 300 types of hazardous substances, even if they are blended together, part of what the company said is a quest to provide “the maximum security technology allows” to the consumer.

The company uses a “minimal amount” of pesticides on its products and tests the soil, air and water on the farms it oversees for hazards, according to the Ein Yahav website.

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