11 May '11, 12am

Food Irradiation: A Catalyst for More Health Risks

Food irradiation is one of the most controversial food processing methods to ever affect the average Canadian's diet. Health Canada currently permits irradiated potatoes, onions, wheat, spices and dehydrated seasonings to be sold in Canada. Additionally, Health Canada has been proposing to amend current regulations to include irradiated poultry, ground beef and some seafood (2002). The process of exposing food to radiation to reduce food-borne illnesses is deemed by some as a miracle solution to a major health concern related to Canada's food supply. However, many opponents are wary of the never before seen chemical alterations and nutritional deficiencies found in irradiated food. Furthermore, the lack of long-term research to prove the safety of irradiated food is highly disconcerting. This essay will address the aforementioned concerns with food irradiation while provid...

Full article: http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_23186.cfm

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