Food Irradiation

Provides guidance documents, scholarly literature, and updates on food irradiation from industry groups and governmental agencies.
Books and Materials on Food Irradiation in the NAL Catalog (AGRICOLA)

National Agricultural Library (United States Department of Agriculture).

Searchable database for resources available to persons interested on information related to the topic of food irradiation.

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Food Safety and Inspection Service (United States Department of Agriculture).

Fact sheets, regulations, news and other resources about food irradiation.

Food Safety and Inspection Service (United States Department of Agriculture); Food and Drug Administration (United States Department of Health and Human Services).

Explains the procedures used to determine the safety of new food ingredients and sources of radiation used in the manufacturing of meat and poultry products. Provides guidance to persons interested in learning about approval procedures for new ingredients and sources of radiation used in meat and poultry products and how to make use these approved resources.

Food and Drug Administration (United States Department of Health and Human Services).

Amending of the food additive regulations to provide for the safe use of a 4.5 kilogray (kGy) maximum absorbed dose of ionizing radiation to treat unrefrigerated uncooked meat, meat byproducts, and certain meat food products to reduce levels of foodborne pathogens and extend shelf life. The document continues onto FS Doc No. 2012-28968.

Food and Drug Administration (United States Department of Health and Human Services).

Irradiation does not make foods radioactive, compromise nutritional quality, or noticeably change the taste, texture, or appearance of food. In fact, any changes made by irradiation are so minimal that it is not easy to tell if a food has been irradiated.

Food and Agriculture Organization (United Nations); International Atomic Energy Agency (United Nations).

Irradiation technology on food products is being used in several countries for both domestic and international trade. Addresses consumer food safety concerns about irradiated food and the regulations surrounding the issue.

American Academy of Pediatrics.

Explains the technical definition, regulatory issues, radiologic safety, toxicologic safety, microbiologic safety, nutritional adequacy and current status of irradiated food products.