Irradiation Only Part of Food Safety Solution



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MONTEREY, Calif.─Irradiation is part of the food safety solution, but not the only one, food safety experts determined September 11 at the Fresh Express Fresh Produce Safety Research Conference.

Irradiation could be the “silver bullet” of food safety, Michael Osterholm, director for the Center of Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota and advisor for Fresh Express. He said, however, not enough has been done to understand irradiation.

Jeff Farrar, branch chief, Food and Drug Branch of the California Department of Public Health argued, “even if irradiation did work as hoped, consumers wouldn’t accept it and doubts consumers would pay a premium for irradiated produce,” reported.


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