Food Irradiation

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Provides guidance documents, scholarly literature, and updates on food irradiation from industry groups and governmental agencies.



Irradiation in the Production, Processing and Handling of Food Final Rule

DHHS. Food and Drug Administration.

Amending of the food additive regulations to provide for the safe use of a 4.5 kilogray (kGy) maximum absorbed dose of ionizing radiation to treat unrefrigerated uncooked meat, meat byproducts, and certain meat food products to reduce levels of foodborne pathogens and extend shelf life. The document continues onto FS Doc No. 2012-28968.


A Safety Measure: Food Irradiation

Georgia Beef Board.

Briefly discusses the history of different food and its introduction to irradiation. Topic areas are information and tips about food irradiation, facts about E. coli O157:H7 and foodborne illness.


Food Irradiation - Available Research Indicates That Benefits Outweigh Risks (PDF | 419 KB)

United States General Accounting Office.

Reports reviewed information on research surrounding the benefits of food irradiation. Topics discussed include approved food products for irradiation in the United States and commonly asked questions concerning food irradiation.


Technical Report: Irradiation of Food (PDF | 326 KB)

American Academy of Pediatrics.

Explains the technical definition, regulatory issues, radiologic safety, toxicologic safety, microbiologic safety, nutritional adequacy and current status of irradiated food products.


Irradiation for Food Safety (PDF | 735 KB)

Joint FAO/IAEA Programme.

Irradiation technology on food products is being used in several countries for both domestic and international trade. Addresses consumer food safety concerns about irradiated food and the regulations surrounding the issue.


Approval of Ingredients and Sources of Radiation Used in the Production of Meat and Poultry Products

USDA. Food Safety and Inspection Service; DHHS. Food and Drug Administration.

Explains the procedures used to determine the safety of new food ingredients and sources of radiation used in the manufacturing of meat and poultry products. Provides guidance to persons interested in learning about approval procedures for new ingredients and sources of radiation used in meat and poultry products and how to make use these approved resources.


Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy

University of Minnesota.

Links to the latest news reported on food safety and irradiation. Information on various issues surrounding food irradiation and the latest research on this topic.


Irradiation of Meat and Poultry Products

USDA. Food Safety and Inspection Service.

Directive for personnel of inspection programs for food safety that examines the regulations and requirements for use of irradiation on different meat and poultry products.


Food Irradiation Updates

Minnesota Beef Council.

Monthly publication of current newsletters and resources about food irradiation.


AGRICOLA - Journal Article Citations on Food Irradiation

USDA. National Agricultural Library.

Searchable article citations related to topics on food irradiation.


Books and Materials on Food Irradiation in the NAL Catalog (AGRICOLA)

USDA. National Agricultural Library.

Searchable database for resources available to persons interested on information related to the topic of food irradation.