The Pros and Cons of Using Irradiation for Phytosanitary Treatments

Irradiation decreases the vitamin and nutritional content of food and disrupts its molecular structure, producing free radicals and potentially harmful chemicals such as benzene, formaldehyde and cyclobutanones.

Food Irradiation for food safety and quality.

Irradiation is only one of many processes thatcan be used to prevent foodborne illness.
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Brief overview of food irradiation in Australia and New ..

Additionally, the Nuclear RegulatoryCommission (NRC) and the OccupationalSafety and Health Administration (OHSA)have regulations that all producers must meetwho are using radioactive sources, includingmachine sources and gamma sources, to irradi­atemeat and poultry.

The Potential of Food Irradiation: Benefits and Limitations

Each state has at least one STATE MP on the Council. If you let the ministers and decision makers know how you feel about irradiation, it may just help make a decision balance in favour of the consumer rights. We suggest sending your comments to Food Standards Australia New Zealand at:

Someperishable food taken into space by astronautsafter harvestingis irradiated because the food must be guaran­teedfree of disease-causing organisms.
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We object to the fact that theFDA refuses to regulate practices that predispose hens and their eggsto SE in the first place, while telling consumers that, for example,vitamin depletion in eggs can be made up for in other foods, when, infact, an increasing number of other foods are being irradiated andare thus similarly nutritionally compromised.

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Numerous studies have shown the potential health risks posed by irradiated food. The approval of these 12 regularly eaten fruits could significantly increase the amount of irradiated food in our diet.

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In 2003, concerns over the safety of irradiated food led the European Union to rule out further irradiation approvals. The Australian Senate followed suit with a call for approvals to be halted until further research has been conducted. Claims that irradiated foods are safe are indefensible as no research on long-term consumption of an irradiated diet have been conducted.

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Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is recommending the irradiation of apples, apricots, cherries, nectarines, peaches, plums, honeydew, rockmelon, strawberries, table grapes, zucchini and squash – the latest move to expand the use of irradiation on fresh produce in Australia. This means that a large part of our fresh food diet can potentially be irradiated, increasing the risks to human health.

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I oppose the irradiation of apples, apricots, cherries, honeydew melons, nectarines, peaches, plums, rockmelons, strawberries, table grapes, zucchinis and scallopinis (summer squashes). I have concerns about the wholesomeness of irradiated food as well as the environmental and social impacts of irradiating our food. Numerous alternatives to irradiation exist and I do not believe that the irradiation of these fruits for quarantine purposes benefits my family. I am also worried that irradiated food will not be labelled.