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Re: Irradation

  • Subject: Re: Irradation
  • From: SelbyHort@aol.com
  • Date: Sun, 28 Oct 2001 21:39:54 -0600 (CST)

The text below from the CDC web site in their FAQ about irradiated food 
While not the most recent information (the page is dated 1999), it does 
indicate that seeds will be killed during irradiation. Hopefully UPS or Fed 
Ex will not resort to using this method.
How does irradiation affect foods? 

The foods are not changed in nutritional value and they are not made 
dangerous as a result of the irradiation. The high energy ray is absorbed as 
it passes through food, and gives up its energy. The food is slightly warmed. 
Some treated foods may taste slightly different, just as pasteurized milk 
tastes slightly different from unpasteurized milk. If the food still has 
living cells, (such as seeds, or shellfish, or potatoes) they will be damaged 
or killed just as microbes are. 

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