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VINDICATOR, INC. SHIPS TURKEY TO ASTRONAUTS; RESEARCH SHOWS GROWING CONSUMER INTEREST IN IRRADIATED FOODS

 TAMPA, Fla., Oct. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Vindicator, Inc. (NASDAQ: VIFL), the nation's only food irradiation facility, announced today it has completed processing a shipment of turkey for use by the National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA) in preparing meals for astronauts.
 Sam Whitney, chairman and president of Vindicator, said this is the third shipment of irradiated meats provided to the space agency this year as part of a five-year contract with NASA. "We're proud to know our astronauts are enjoying the safety of irradiated meats and poultry while on their mission," he added.
 Whitney said NASA has been using irradiated food products since 1972 to assure wholesomeness and to extend the shelf life of meat and poultry products without refrigeration.
 Whitney also reported the results of a survey released earlier this month for the American Meat Institute Foundation concerning consumer attitudes on irradiation, and research on the effects of irradiation on ground beef. The AMI Foundation is a nonprofit organization that funds food safety, worker safety, nutrition, and consumer information projects.
 The survey, conducted by the Gallup Organization, confirmed that the more consumer know about food irradiation, the more likely they are to desire it for destroying harmful bacteria in poultry, pork, beef and seafood.
 The consumer study also included a simulated supermarket trial comparing consumer preferences for irradiated ground beef vs. non- irradiated ground beef. Initially, the consumers tested split 50-50. After these consumers learned more about irradiation and how it affects raw meats, those choosing the irradiated version jumped to 70 percent.
 In the ground beef research, scientists at the Center for Food Safety and Quality Enhancement at the University of Georgia conducted the first study examining irradiation's pathogen-destroying effects on chilled and frozen commercially packaged ground beef patties. Their conclusion was that irradiation was the most attractive alternative for rendering beef pathogen-free.
 "These findings further confirm the potential for Vindicator and the contribution it can make in reducing the risk of food-borne illness," Whitney added.
 Vindicator operates the nation's first food irradiation processing plant in Mulberry, Fla.
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 /CONTACT: Sam Whitney of Vindicator, 813-752-3364; or Harry Costello of Hill and Knowlton, 813-221-0030, for Vindicator/
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