Would Irradiaition Improve The Safety Of Our Food?

September 1, 2008

Just recently, U.S. regulators gave approval to use irradiation on spinach and lettuce.  This has sparked the debate once again as to whether or not irradiation would improve the safety of our food.Washington (ChattahBox) – Just recently, U.S. regulators gave approval to use irradiation on spinach and lettuce.  This has sparked the debate once again as to whether or not irradiation would improve the safety of our food.

Irradiation is a technique which zaps away any type of harmful bacteria from food, using blasts of radiation.

By doing this, it can kill bacteria, insects, pathogens, or anything else that may be residing on that particular food.

The hope for many was that irradiation could help by protecting us from E. coli outbreaks, salmonella, etc.

Many are not convinced though, as critics state that this is only a quick-fix, and does not actually solve the food safety issues in the U.S. and abroad.

The long-term fix, according to critics, would be to improve things at the source such as farms where the food originates.

Irradiation was approved years ago for meat but was never adopted because of a lack of interest from consumers.


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