12 Jun '11, 9pm

The dangers of food irradiation:

The dangers of food irradiation:

Q: I recently bought a bag of potatoes and when I got home, I read on the bag that they were “treated by irradiation.” Given the recent nuclear events in Japan, I am alarmed. Is this dangerous? A: Food irradiation is sometimes called “cold pasteurization.” It is the process of exposing food to a high dose of energy ionizing radiation using Gamma rays, X-rays or electron beam radiation. It is used to prevent food poisoning by reducing the level of parasites and harmful bacteria such as E.coli in ground beef and Salmonella and Campylobacter in poultry; to prevent spoilage by destroying bacteria, molds, and yeasts; to control insect and parasite infestation; and to increase shelf life by slowing the ripening of fresh fruits and vegetables. It doesn’t work for all foods; tomatoes, leafy vegetables, and citrus fruit become more prone to molds and rot after irradiation, due to c...

Full article: http://www.naturallifemagazine.com/1106/is_food_irradiati...

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