The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on August 21, 2008, that spinach and lettuce may be irradiated to reduce foodborne pathogens.
The FDA admits that irradiation destroys levels of certain vitamins, especially vitamin A. Research also shows irradiation potentially can create dangerous chemical byproducts. Furthermore, the safety of irradiation is unproven, and the quality of food may be compromised.
Critics, including PCC, believe irradiation is not a solution to food-borne illness. It is simply a distraction for the unsanitary conditions of the industrialized food system and does not address the root causes of contamination.
Organic standards prohibit irradiation and PCC will not knowingly sell any irradiated foods.
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