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GMA Releases Science Policy Paper on Food Irradiation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) today released Food Irradiation: A Guide for Consumers, Policymakers and the Media, a science policy paper that provides policymakers, consumers, journalists and health professionals with current and scientifically accurate information and resources on food irradiation.

“Irradiation can be a safe and effective tool in helping to control foodborne pathogens and can be incorporated as part of a comprehensive program to enhance food safety. There is overwhelming scientific evidence supporting the safety of food irradiation, said Robert Brackett, chief science officer for GMA. “The FDA, the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Medical Association all agree that more than 50 years of research demonstrate that, at approved doses, food irradiation presents no health risk.”

“Food irradiation is just one more tool that industry will have at its disposal to provide consumers with safe food products; however, the adoption of this technology cannot in any way serve as a substitute for industry adherence to good manufacturer, agricultural and sanitary practices that are so essential to maintaining a safe food supply, continued Brackett.”

To access Food Irradiation: A Guide for Consumers, Policymakers and the Media, go to www.gmaonline.org/publications/sciencepolicyseries.cfm.