FDA Decides Spinach & Lettuce Can be Irradiated

In the midst of growing concern about the nation’s foodborne illnesses such as E.coli bacteria and salmonella contamination, the FDA has decided to allow for the radiation of spinach and lettuce products to prevent the spread of foodborne illnesses. Meat, in particular ground beef has been radiated for years to help kill E.coli bacteria which may be lurking undetected in the meat.
The Grocery Manufacturers Association had previously petitioned the FDA for such approval back in 2006. The recent spate of contaminated foods carrying such bacteria as E.coli and salmonella prompted the FDA’s move.
The FDA is considering allowing the radiation of peppers and tomatoes which were raw foods in the center of the most recent food contamination scare. While originally thought to come from tomoatoes, the recent food contamination was eventually linked to peppers from Mexico.