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FDA Approves Ionizing Radiation to Control Foodborne Pathogens

April 14, 2014 - Kestrel Food Safety

The FDA is amending its current food additive regulations to allow the safe use of ionizing radiation on crustaceans (e.g., crab, shrimp, lobster, crayfish, and prawns) to control foodborne pathogens and extend the shelf life. At the maximum permitted dose of 6.0 kiloGray, this new use of ionizing radiation will reduce, but not entirely eliminate, the number of illness-causing microorganisms in or on crustaceans. Consumers will be able to identify irradiated foods, including crustaceans, by the presence of the irradiation statement and symbol on the label. Read more…

Submitted by: Bill Bremer

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