Zebra Chips suspected in Twin Falls
Twin Falls--Officials with the University of Idaho's Kimberly Research and Extension Center says an outbreak of Zebra Chip is suspected in Twin Falls County.
U of I Professor Erik Wenninger told The Times-News that tests done on the field were positive for the bacterium that causes zebra chip. More tests are being done this week to confirm the results.
The potato disease causes flecking in potatoes' flesh, and when they are fried, the chip darkens. The defect can make the potatoes undesirable for fresh and process potatoes. The pathogen is not harmful to humans, its a production and quality control issue according to U of I officials.
Potato processing contracts allow for a small percentage of internal defects before a load is rejected.