Tuesday, January 08, 2008

FDA Plots To Dissolve Labelling Requirement For Irradiated Foods

It's funny how "pastuerized" is a synonym for safe. If you read my article on fermentation, it call also mean the food's dead (i.e., sanitized of all this beneficial, living organisms). Soon it can also mean your food is irradiation! (Gulp!)

What's the deal with our capitalist system and the weak avowals of "the market will decide,"etc. Obviously, this irradiation is up to no good because they don't want us to be able to decide!

(NewsTarget) The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has decided to relax its stance on food labeling to allow some foods which have been irradiated to be labeled as "pasteurized" instead.

The proposed rule changes would allow companies to label food as pasteurized when the treatment of irradiation doesn't cause any material change in the product or any material change in the consequences that may arise from ingesting the product. This could include changes to the texture, smell, taste, and shelf life; as well as the nutritional, organic or functional properties of food.

"This move by the FDA would deny consumers clear information about whether they are buying food that has been exposed to high doses of ionizing radiation. . . an industry attempt to make consumers buy products that they otherwise might avoid," said Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & Water Watch, a national consumer advocacy group that "challenges the corporate control and abuse of our food and water resources."

Read more (blech) here.