FDA Approves Ionizing Radiation for Sprouting Seeds.
Elimination of pathogens (e.g., Salmonella, E. coli O157:H7) that have been associated with sprouts can reduce the incidence of foodborne-illness outbreaks. It was demonstrated to FDA that in seeds to which E. coli O157:H7 and Salmonella serotype Stanley had been added, irradiation at 5 kGy reduced the organisms to below detectable levels. Because the irradiation dose and the initial microbial load will determine whether any viable pathogenic organisms remain on the seed, and because irradiation does not leave any residual effect that could protect against recontamination, FDA recommends that seed distributors and sprout producers continue to follow good manufacturing practices to ensure protection against recontamination. These practices are detailed on Web sites maintained by the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition: [less than]http://vm.cfsan.fda.gov/[sim]dms/sprougd1.html[greater than] and [less than]http://vm.cfsan.fda.gov/[sim]dms/sprougd2.html[greater than].
Seeds for sprouting must be labeled to inform the sprout producer that the seeds have been irradiated and must not be re-irradiated. This information can appear on the label, the invoice, or the bill of lading. Sprouts grown from irradiated seeds do not have to be labeled.
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|Title Annotation:||Food and Drug Administration|
|Publication:||Journal of Environmental Health|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Mar 1, 2001|
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