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Food group asks USDA.

Food group asks USDA to approve irradiated deli meats: Industry food group, the National Food Processors Association (NFPA) last week formally submitted comments to USDA to provide regulations for the irradiation of processed meats. NFPA says it is "troubled by the four-year delay in the U.S. government's approval of this new use of irradiation." The group also says it is "unfortunate" that the limited scope of products covered by the FDA final rule and USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) proposal leaves this proven technology unavailable for use on a number of processed food products that could benefit from this food safety tool. Another group, Food Safety Consortium, also wants the federal government to expand its proposal to allow meat irradiation to include ready-to-cat products like hot dogs and luncheon meats. Congress established the consortium in 1988 at the University of Arkansas, Iowa State University and Kansas State University to investigate meat and food safety.
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Publication:Food & Drink Weekly
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:May 3, 1999
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