City of McAllen Approved for Irradiation Plant
MCALLEN — Hundreds of new jobs are coming to the City of McAllen as the federal government has approved a fruit and vegetable irradiation plant to open. The facility will destroy micro organisms and bacteria on the food and it will cost $22 million dollars and employ more than three hundred people. The head of McAllen Economic Development Keith Patridge said, "It will not only provide much needed jobs, but also improve the safety of imported food." Congressman Ruben Hinojosa added, "With citrus greening and Mexican fruit flies... the need for more irradiation facilities is even more urgent."