Article: FDA: Irradiating spinach, lettuce OK to kill germs
- 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)
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.