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Institute of Food Technologists’ (IFT’s) Annual Meeting – Hot Topic – Irradiation of Leafy Greens

I am here at the Institute of Food Technologists’ (IFT’s) Annual Meeting in California to talk about Leafy Greens and Food Irradiation – Pros and Cons.  In addition to the below PowerPoint, I will be handing out my DRAFT Publication “Pros and Cons of Commercial Irradiation of Fresh Iceberg Lettuce and Fresh Spinach: A Literature Review” as well as my Law Partner, Denis Stearn’s book chapter “A Future Uncertain – Food Irradiation from a Legal Perspective.” 

You can download the PowerPoint by clicking on above image.  The link to the embedded video can be seen here – LINK.  

I know, I know, I can hear – "you are just zappin’ the crap" and "I don not want to eat food that glows."  I hear you – I much prefer local, sustainable, safe leafy greens.  This year we are growing our own.  But, if we are going to sell "ready to eat" bagged greens (organic or not) shipped thousands of miles, irradiation may well be the only way to make it safe.  Thoughts?

  • Ali B.

    Label it irradiated – only then can we make an informed choice.

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