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Article: FDA: Irradiating spinach, lettuce OK to kill germs

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  • Jeff Rogers
    You may remember my alerting this list the end of last year about the USDA s interest in addressing contamination in leafy greens. They welcomed public
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 22, 2008
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      You may remember my alerting this list the end of last year about the
      USDA's interest in addressing contamination in leafy greens. They
      welcomed public comment. There was a risk that they would come up with
      a mandatory pasteurization requirement, such as irradiation.

      Well, it looks like they're going with irradiation. The good news:
      it's not mandatory... yet!

      Be sure to read labels! (if they label it)

      Jeff


      FDA: Irradiating spinach, lettuce OK to kill germs

      By Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer
      Thu, Aug. 21, 2008

      WASHINGTON -- Consumers worried about salad safety may soon be able to
      buy fresh spinach and iceberg lettuce zapped with just enough
      radiation to kill E. coli and a few other germs.

      The Food and Drug Administration on Friday will issue a regulation
      allowing spinach and lettuce sellers to take that extra step, a long-
      awaited move amid increasing outbreaks from raw produce.

      Full story:
      http://www.kentucky.com/473/story/497253.html
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