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Clearing the Way for Irradiation

Since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began clearing irradiated foods for sale in 1963, few such foods have attained much prevalence within grocery store aisles. In fact, most markets still do not carry irradiated meats like beef, pork and poultry, despite those products becoming cleared for sale in the 1980s and 90s. Several… Continue Reading

Is It Time to Accept Food Irradiation?

When it comes to ensuring that food enters the market carrying as few pathogens and insects as possible, the large majority of health, governmental and scholarly authorities seem to agree — food irradiation is an effective final safety measure. In the face of the country’s worst outbreak of foodborne illness in more than 10 years,… Continue Reading

Meat Industry Petition for Beef Irradiation Denied

Eighteen months ago, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) signaled that the meat industry’s 2005 request to use low-dose irradiation as a processing aid to reduce unwanted microbes — and not have to label the meat as irradiated — was not getting much traction. Late last week, FSIS finally issued… Continue Reading

German E. coli Crisis Revives Irradiation Debate

The E. coli crisis currently sickening more than 3,800 and attributed to German-grown sprouts illustrates the need to keep produce safe, and the way to do this is through irradiation. So argues a recent opinion piece published in the Wall Street Journal. The article, “Europe’s Organic Food Scare,” is a sign that there’s new life… Continue Reading

Texas Researchers Devise New Irradiation Method

Food-safety engineers from Texas AgriLife Research at Texas A&M University report they’ve devised a method to reduce the amount of irradiation needed to kill pathogens like Salmonella or E. coli O157:H7 that can contaminate fresh produce. That’s significant not for safety reasons–irradiation does not cause foods to become radioactive and irradiated food is not harmful–but… Continue Reading

Is Food Irradiation the Future? Part II

Part II in a two-part series on food irradiation.  On foodborne illness outbreaks caused by ground beef, fresh leafy greens, and spices–all foods that could arguably be made safer through irradiation–and the future of the technology and its impact on the safety of the food supply.  Part I focused on the science behind the technology. … Continue Reading