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Scientists have observed serious health problems in lab animals fed irradiated foods. Those include premature death, cancer, tumors, stillbirths, mutations, organ damage, immune system failure and stunted growth. In one experiment, genetic damage ...

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Marieemma T (227)
Thursday October 16, 2008, 8:45 pm

LINK TO ; Irradiation: Expensive, Ineffective, and Impractical

Irradiation May Be Dangerous

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration approved food irradiation for many foods in spite of paltry and flawed data on safety and in violation of their own safety protocols. However, between the cost, the practical problems, and consumer distaste for the technology, very little irradiated food is on supermarket shelves today. A push to irradiate a significant portion of the U.S. food supply would be effectively subject the American public to a huge experiment on the safety of irradiated foods, Hauter said.

Scientists have observed serious health problems in lab animals fed irradiated foods. Those include premature death, cancer, tumors, stillbirths, mutations, organ damage, immune system failure and stunted growth. In one experiment, genetic damage was detected in young children who ate irradiated wheat. In some foods, irradiation forms chemicals known or suspected to cause cancer and birth defects. One chemical, 2-ACBs, has been linked to cancer development in rats and genetic damage in human cells.


Marieemma T (227)
Thursday October 16, 2008, 8:45 pm
U.S. Food Irradiation FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions About Food Irradiation

What is food irradiation?

Irradiation exposes food to a high dose of ionizing radiation, which comes from one of three sources: electron beam (electricity), cobalt 60 (nuclear waste byproduct), or cesium 137 (also a nuclear waste byproduct). It is intended to kill bacteria such as E.coli or Salmonella. It also extends shelf-life. However, studies have shown it depletes the nutritional content of food as well as leaving behind chemical byproducts in the food that can lead to promotion of cancer development and birth defects.

How can I tell if my food has been irradiated?

If you buy your food at the grocery store, it is required to be labeled with the radura symbol. It looks like this radura symbol and has the words “treated with irradiation”. If you are buying a prepared food with multiple ingredients from the store, like frozen lasagna, look at the ingredients list to see if any of the ingredients have been irradiated. But if you order food in a restaurant, cafeteria or eat it at school, there are no laws requiring labeling.

Is my local school serving irradiated food?

Currently,it is highly unlikely. For the 2005-06 school year, no states requested irradiated ground beef (the only irradiated product available) from the USDA on behalf of their school districts. As far as we know, no school is receiving irradiated food through the federal nutrition programs, although they do not have to label it if they do serve it. There is a slim possibility that schools could purchase irradiated food from a vendor outside of the USDA. Contact your school food service director to find out if they are serving irradiated food, and express your opposition to any attempt to do so.

How do Irradiators Work?

Irradiation facilities use gamma rays, x-rays, or electron beams to irradiate food. Click here to find out more.

Which foods can be irradiated?

Food Date Approved
Bacon February 1963
Wheat flour and potatoes October 1964
Bacon approval rescinded August 1968
Garlic powder, onion powder and dried spices July 1983
Additional dried spices, herbs and vegetable seasonings, including blends April 1985
Dry and hydrated enzymes June 1985
Pork July 1985
Fruit and vegetables April 1986
Increase maximum radiation dose for spices, herbs and vegetable seasonings April 1986
Poultry May 1990
Beef, lamb, pork and horsemeat, and byproducts December 1997
Fresh shell eggs July 2000
Sprouting seeds October 2000
Fruit and vegetable juices November 2000
Imported fruit and vegetables October 2002
Ready-to-eat foods (i.e. deli meats, frozen foods, packaged salads) Pending
Molluscan shellfish (i.e. clams, oysters, mussels) Pending
Crustacean shellfish (i.e. shrimp, crabs, lobster) Pending
Increase maximum radiation dose for poultry Pending
Unrefrigerated beef, lamb, pork and house meat, and byproducts Pending


Marieemma T (227)
Thursday October 16, 2008, 8:58 pm

Unfortunately FDA’s ruling on irradiation holds no water when it comes to preventing foodborne illness. Instead, irradiation is an impractical, ineffective and very expensive technology. Very little testing has been conducted on the safety and wholesomeness of irradiated vegetables, and from the small amount of research that exists, we know treating lettuce or spinach with the equivalent of tens of millions of chest X-rays can ruin its flavor, odor, texture, color, and nutritional value.

Jaz Rees (5)
Friday October 17, 2008, 5:57 am
Unfortunately food irradiation has been around for years. A lot of the damage has been done. It's what we do from here on that counts. Thanks Marieemma...Jaz

Marion Y (322)
Friday October 17, 2008, 4:00 pm
Solution: grow your own food. Thanks Marieemma.

serge vrabec (278)
Friday October 17, 2008, 5:09 pm
Another despicable act in the "powers" that be's insane depopulation program, it is a VERY important time to be aware and awake. thx for the info. M. Bless you!

Elderberry T (201)
Friday October 17, 2008, 8:13 pm
Please go to my page, you will find the petition links for food and health choice for USA, Canada and EU Thank you M.

. (0)
Friday October 17, 2008, 9:33 pm
The blurb for this news item states, "Scientists have observed serious health problems in lab animals fed irradiated foods. Those include premature death, cancer, tumors, stillbirths, mutations, organ damage, immune system failure and stunted growth. In one experiment, genetic damage ..."

Does anyone have any links to any published scientific study in a peer-reviewed journal which details the actual supposed damages similar to those noted above which were caused by consuming irradiated foods?

Marieemma T (227)
Friday October 17, 2008, 10:52 pm
yes !!!

"Nuked Food" - The Dangers of Irradiated Food

August 22, 2008

Nuked food is the common term for irradiated food - food which is exposed to high level radiation for the purpose of sterilizing it. This high level radiation penetrates the food which, as anyone who has paid attention in chemistry knows, raises the energy level of the atoms and molecules which the food is composed of. This results in myriad "free radicals" - atoms which have lost an outer electron due to having absorbed a shot of higher energy.

And instead of being chemically neutral, such an atom has now become strongly attractive. This will break and re-arrange many chemicals bonds in the atoms, molecules and chemical compounds of the cells of the food under radiation. So much so that the cellular processes of any micro-organisms in the food are disrupted, and the micro-organisms in the food are killed.

The cells of micro-organisms live and die by exactly the same chemical laws and processes that our cells live by. And if our cells were subjected to the same radiation, they would die just as surely.

The idea is that the radiation dissipates, and things return to normal. But we have come to know and understand that free radicals form stable compounds that are different from the original chemical compounds, and that the free radicals and the altered compounds are harmful to us in many, many ways - among them a trigger for heart diseases and cancer.

The greatest danger, in my view, is the havoc such free radicals can wreak in the delicate chemistry of reproduction, when our cells, or an ova, divide and replicate - a cell or an an ovum is about the same size as a micro-organism - and in the growth and development of the embryo, when it is acutely vulnerable to any abnormalities.

Personally, I cannot understand how people can be so irresponsible to allow and apply what is such a powerful free radical creation tool that it kills all micro-organisms in the food - micro-organisms which live and die by exactly the same chemistry as we do. To me this is incomprehensible.

Here then is a calm and cogent article by an accomplished and respected Cancer research scientist, plus a few abstracts (no abstracts were available for many more papers) of animal trials done with irradiated food, as listed in the Public Archives of the National Library of Medicine.

Original Article:

George L. Tritsch, PhD
Cancer Research Scientist, Roswell Park Memorial Institute, New York State Department of Health.

I am speaking as a private citizen, and my opinions are my own, based on thirty-three years of experience since my doctorate at Cornell Medical College, Rockefeller University and, since 1959, as a cancer research scientist and biochemist at Roswell.

I am opposed to consuming irradiated food because of the abundant and convincing evidence in the refereed scientific literature that the condensation products of the free radicals formed during irradiation produce statistically significant increases in carcinogenesis, mutagenesis and cardiovascular disease in animals and man. I will not address the reported destruction of vitamins and other nutrients (what? - more nutrient deficiencies?; my comment) by irradiation because suitable supplementation of the diet can prevent the development of such potential deficiencies. However, I cannot protect myself from the carcinogenic and other harmful insults to the body placed into the food supples and I can see no tangible benefit to be traded for the possible increased incidence of malignant disease one to three decades in the future.

Irradiation works by splitting chemical bonds in molecules with high energy beams to form ions and free radicals. When sufficient critical bonds are split in organisms contaminating a food, the organism is killed. Comparable bonds are split in the food. Ions are stable; free radicals contain an unpaired electron and are inherently unstable and therefore reactive. How long free radicals remain in food treated with a given dose of radiation or the reaction products formed in a given food cannot be calculated but must be tested experimentally for each food. Different doses of radiation will produce different amounts and kinds of products.

The kinds of bonds split in a given molecule are governed by statistical considerations. Thus, while most molecules of a given fatty acid, for example, may be split in a certain manner, other molecules of the same fatty acid will be split differently. A free radical can either combine with another free radical to form a stable compound, or it can initiate a [chemical] chain reaction by reacting with a stable molecule to form another free radical, et cetera, until the chain is terminated by the reaction of two free radicals to form a stable compound. These reactions continue long after the irradiation procedure.

I am bringing this up to give you a rationale for the vast number of new molecules that can be formed from irradiation of a single molecular species, to say nothing of a complicated mixture such as food. Furthermore, the final number and types of new molecules formed will depend on the other molecules present in the sample. Thus, free radicals originating from fats could form new compounds with proteins, nucleic acids [DNA], and so forth.


. (0)
Friday October 17, 2008, 11:09 pm
Thanks, Marie. I'll see if I can find the actual studies that this scientist mentioned since his article didn't actually give any specific data. That's what I'm really trying to find - the published results of the studies themselves.

Elderberry T (201)
Sunday October 19, 2008, 11:26 am
Lindsey do you remember Chernobyl??

. (0)
Sunday October 19, 2008, 12:00 pm
Marie, Chernobyl has nothing to do with food irradiation. Chernobyl's devastation came from a nuclear power plant disaster which made everything around it radioactive.

Food irradiation procedures do not make food radioactive.

Blue Bunting (855)
Wednesday May 6, 2009, 5:41 pm
Food Irradiation Supports Agribusiness, Not Health
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