Radiation Pasteurization of Food

Issue Papers - IP 7 - April 1996
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Foodborne bacteria cause as many as 9,000 deaths in the United States annually; yet scientifically proven safe, low doses of pasteurizing radiation can kill over 99% of most foodborne bacteria. Radiation pasteurization safely controls foodborne pathogens on beef, pork, lamb, and seafood. Long-term animal feeding studies have demonstrated that radiation pasteurized or sterilized foods are safe and nutritious for humans. The process has been endorsed by the U.S. FDA, the USDA, the World Health Organization, the health authorities of 40 countries, and many other associations. Cochairs: Donald W. Thayer, USDA, Agricultural Research Service, Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania, and Edward S. Josephson, University of Rhode Island, West Kingston.


IP7, April 1996, 10 pp., FREE. Available online (www.cast-science.org) AND in print (515-292-2125; fee for shipping/handling).


Task Force Co-chair

Edward Josephson
Donald Thayer

Task Force Reviewers

Julius Coon
Sanford Miller
Morris Potter
Tanya Roberts
Walter Urbain

Task Force Members

Ari Brynjolfsson

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