Last Friday, Dr. Betsy Booren, Director of Scientific Affairs at the American Meat Institute, received a long-awaited letter from the Food Safety Inspection Service.  It had been five long years almost to the day since the AMI had petitioned them to “Recognize the Use of E-beam on Carcasses as a Processing Aid.”

AMI asked for …

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…

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.

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That’s significant not for safety reasons–irradiation does not cause foods to become radioactive and irradiated food is not harmful–but …

Part I in a two-part series on food irradiation, with a focus on the science behind the technology.

With summer underway, barbeque season is in full swing. For some, that means a fresh salad, for others it means grilled chicken, and for others it’s biting into a juicy hamburger. Not to mention the spices that…

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) could improve transparency and recordkeeping on key decisions on irradiation petitions, according to a new report conducted by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

This report was produced in response to a Congressional request for information on food irradiation.

According to the GAO, there were two objectives to the …

Two and half weeks before The New York Times put the beef industry’s safety flaws under a microscope, the meat industry had renewed its campaign for beef carcass irradiation starting with the new administration right where it left off the old one.

In a letter to Jerold R. Mande, the deputy Under Secretary for the …