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August 2004 Issue

Irradiation Kills Bugs in Beef, But Still Not Mainstream in Markets

Q. I havenít heard much about food irradiation lately. Could I be eating irradiated food without knowing it?

A. No, because all foods that are irradiated must be labeled, unless it is a minor ingredient like spices. However, irradiation is only slowly catching on as a way to kill bacteria in meat.

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