Food Irradiation: Stalled at a Green Light Says just-food.com

Apr 23, 2001, 01:00 ET from just-food.com

    LONDON, April 23 /PRNewswire/ -- http://www.just-food.com -- Food
 irradiation technologies have won FDA and USDA approval in the US, and are now
 available to meat, poultry and food processors as a weapon against microbial
 pathogens.  Yet neither consumers nor food processors seem willing to accept
 the technology.
     A special report at
 http://www.just-food.com/features_detail.asp?art=420&app=1&fotw=sct asks why
 food irradiation remains such a contentious issue, despite its numerous
 benefits.
     According to a 2000 survey by FoodNet, half of US consumers were unwilling
 to buy irradiated meat due to safety concerns.  Food manufacturers are
 therefore reluctant to meet the high costs of irradiation equipment, if few
 consumers will buy the finished product.
     Food industry groups such as the GMA attribute consumer discomfort to
 irradiated food being labelled "Treated by Irradiation", while some consumer
 groups mistrust the technology itself, claiming it destroys essential
 vitamins.  What's more, irradiated foods are guaranteed to cost more.
     However, despite negative public opinion and higher retail prices, food
 irradiation companies are continuing to push ahead to develop the technology.
 The question remains as to whether it will ever be accepted by consumers.
 
     For the full story, click here:
 http://www.just-food.com/features_detail.asp?art=420&app=1&fotw=sct
 
     just-food.com is the premier online portal for food industry professionals
 worldwide.  Targeted specifically at industry and business professionals the
 site provides a single point of reference for independent food industry
 information.
 
 

SOURCE just-food.com
    LONDON, April 23 /PRNewswire/ -- http://www.just-food.com -- Food
 irradiation technologies have won FDA and USDA approval in the US, and are now
 available to meat, poultry and food processors as a weapon against microbial
 pathogens.  Yet neither consumers nor food processors seem willing to accept
 the technology.
     A special report at
 http://www.just-food.com/features_detail.asp?art=420&app=1&fotw=sct asks why
 food irradiation remains such a contentious issue, despite its numerous
 benefits.
     According to a 2000 survey by FoodNet, half of US consumers were unwilling
 to buy irradiated meat due to safety concerns.  Food manufacturers are
 therefore reluctant to meet the high costs of irradiation equipment, if few
 consumers will buy the finished product.
     Food industry groups such as the GMA attribute consumer discomfort to
 irradiated food being labelled "Treated by Irradiation", while some consumer
 groups mistrust the technology itself, claiming it destroys essential
 vitamins.  What's more, irradiated foods are guaranteed to cost more.
     However, despite negative public opinion and higher retail prices, food
 irradiation companies are continuing to push ahead to develop the technology.
 The question remains as to whether it will ever be accepted by consumers.
 
     For the full story, click here:
 http://www.just-food.com/features_detail.asp?art=420&app=1&fotw=sct
 
     just-food.com is the premier online portal for food industry professionals
 worldwide.  Targeted specifically at industry and business professionals the
 site provides a single point of reference for independent food industry
 information.
 
 SOURCE  just-food.com