Food safety experts debate irradiation’s potential
By John Chadwell
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(Sept. 15, 12:15 p.m.)
Michael Osterholm, director for the
“We have not done a good job of trying to understand irradiation,” he said at the conference.
Robert Buchanan, director and professor, Center for Food Systems Security and Safety,
He said the expense of setting up an irradiation facility would be viable for the
Jeff Farrar, branch chief, Food and Drug Branch of the California Department of Public Health, said even if irradiation did work as hoped, consumers wouldn’t accept it and he said he doubts consumers would pay a premium for irradiated produce.
Christine Bruhn, consumer food marketing specialist at the
“Osterholm has been a leader in introducing irradiation in supermarkets and we share similar views, but it is not a silver bullet,” she said. “We must continue to have appropriate sanitation practices, but it is an additional step at the end of processing that can give the level of safety the public expects.”
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