April 1999 Issue

Meat Irradiation One Step Closer

To improve the safety of our meat supply, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, acting on the FDA's previous approval, has proposed rules for raw meat and some meat products to be irradiated and clearly labeled. In irradiation, foods are treated with ionizing radiation to kill microorganisms like Salmonella, Listeria, Campylobacter and the deadly E. coli O157:H7. Though it does not render food radioactive, as some believe, controversy remains over whether irradiation creates potentially

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