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NFPA PRAISES ISSUANCE OF FINAL POULTRY IRRADIATION RULES

 NFPA PRAISES ISSUANCE OF FINAL POULTRY IRRADIATION RULES
 WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Final rules to allow the irradiation of poultry, issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), "are a major step forward for food safety," according to the National Food Processors Association (NFPA).
 The rule will allow the use of food irradiation to treat fresh or frozen uncooked poultry and poultry products. Poultry would be exposed to low doses of radiant energy in order to control and reduce harmful bacteria such as Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes that may be present in raw poultry, thus reducing the potential for foodborne illness.
 "This is a win-win ruling for both food companies and consumers," said NFPA President John R. Cady. "Food irradiation -- which has been determined to be a safe process for reducing or eliminating bacteria in foods -- can help make America's food supply safer and more affordable."
 NFPA filed comments on July 8 encouraging FSIS to allow industry to use irradiation as an additional tool to help assure the safest possible food supply.
 The final rule mandates stringent safety standards for irradiation facilities, Cady noted. "This will help ensure that the use of food irradiation is safe for employees and safe for the environment," he said.
 NFPA is the scientific voice of the food industry, concentrating exclusively on food issues. The association's 500 member companies produce the nation's processed-packaged fruits and vegetables, meat and poultry, seafood, juices and drinks and specialty products.
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