Two final rules by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration which increase the maximum allowable dosage of irradiation in meat and poultry products is now in effect. Sabrina Hill has more.
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In meat products, the FDA amended the food additive regulations to provide for a higher safe use of ionizing radiation to treat unrefrigerated and refrigerated – uncooked meat, meat byproducts, and certain meat food products. In poultry, the agency amended the regulations to increase the maximum dose of ionizing radiation and to removed the limitation that any packaging used during irradiation of poultry shall not exclude oxygen. The FDA has set Dec. 31 of this year as the final day to submit hearing requests or objections to the rules.
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