FDA Approves Irradiation To Kill E. Coli In Produce Products

August 22, 2008

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has come out and approved the use of irradiation to kill E. coli and other bacteria in produce, such as lettuce and spinach....Boston (ChattahBox) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has come out and approved the use of irradiation to kill E. coli and other bacteria in produce, such as lettuce and spinach.

The FDA has come to the realization that irradiation may be the best tactic to a void future E. coli outbreaks. Irradiation will prevent the onset of these deadly outbreaks, which have taken place in previous years with produce.

They based their decision on a petition from the late 1990s from the Grocery Manufacturers Association.

The only downside realized is that by going with irradiation, they will also be increasing the cost to produce the products, since they will have to buy new machinery, etc.

Whether or not companies use irradiation will rely on whether or not consumers actually purchase zapped products.

In the 1990s, irradiation was approved for use in beef products, but was not adopted by consumers.

Irradiation takes the food into a closed room, where it is zapped with electron beams, or gamma rays that kill the bacteria.


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