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New rules and term for irradiation.

New rules and term for irradiation

Final regulations confirming the Food and Drug Administration's intention to broaden the use of ionizing radiation as a pesticide (SN: 3/3/84, p. 138) have been submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for approval. They would permit irradiation with up to 1 kilo-Gray (100,000 rads) to kill insects in fresh produce and to inhibit spoilage, and the use of up to 30 kilo-Gray --triple the old limit--to kill insects and bacteria in dry or dehydrated herbs and spices. In addition, all foods treated with ionizing radiation, including those allowed under previous regulations (wheat, potatoes and pork), would have to carry labeling at the retail level that includes a logo (shown) and an explanation that the food has been "picowaved' (a new term). With OMB approval, the law would go into effect immediately, says FDA spokesperson James Greene.
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Title Annotation:food to contain label that it has been 'picowaved'
Publication:Science News
Date:Jan 18, 1986
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