Irradiated meat to be used in schools.
Irradiation, which involves directing gamma rays produced by the radioactive material, cobalt 60, or electricity at meat to kill harmful bacteria. Research shows that most of the radiation passes through without being absorbed. The small amount that does remain kills the bacteria.
The Agriculture Department's Economic Research Service has determined that consumers are slow to accept irradiated meat partly because they have not been informed about its benefits. The department recently awarded a $151,000 grant to Minnesota for campaign to teach parents about irradiation in three of the state's school districts. Jean Daniel, a department spokeswoman, said the success of the project will be seen by whether any of the schools buy irradiated meat. "Even if it's offered, it will be up to local schools to decide if they'll have irradiated products," she said.
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|Title Annotation:||United States, concerns about irradiated meat in schools|
|Publication:||Food & Drink Weekly|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Apr 28, 2003|
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