Volume 85 Issue 3 | pp. 41-43
Issue Date: January 15, 2007

Food Irradiation

Recent E. coli outbreaks heighten interest in the technology
Department: Government & Policy

Food-borne infections cause about 76 million cases of illness, 325,000 hospitalizations, and as many as 5,000 deaths in the U.S. annually. In other words, they send one in 1,000 Americans to the hospital each year and kill thousands.

There is no single way to prevent all food-borne illness, but many food safety experts believe irradiation—subjecting the food to ionizing radiation—should be used much more widely as part of an overall program to enhance safety. Radiation . . .

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