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Take Action:Tell the FDA: Don't Irradiate My Veggies!


Health & Wellness  (tags: food, disease, investigation, health, government, society, warning, safety, risks, nutrition, diet )

JL
- 621 days ago - salsa3.salsalabs.com
The FDA has proposed a new rule under the 2010 Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), one aimed at preventing foodborne illnesses.One of the ways for producers of fruits and vegetables to avoid having to comply with the new rule would be to irradiate the



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JL A. (275)
Thursday January 17, 2013, 7:09 pm
Tell the FDA: Don't Irradiate My Veggies!

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The FDA has proposed a new rule under the 2010 Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), one aimed at preventing foodborne illnesses. One of the ways for producers of fruits and vegetables to avoid having to comply with the new rule would be to irradiate their products.

Sign the letter below to tell the FDA: Don’t irradiate my veggies!

In the new rule, one of two proposed under the misguided FSMA, the FDA says it wants to require makers of food to be sold in the U.S. to develop a “formal plan” for preventing their products from causing foodborne illness. Producers of processed foods and raw meat are exempted from the rule, but purveyors of raw fruits and vegetables will be required to comply – unless they irradiate their products.

Given the choice between irradiation and dealing with burdensome FDA paperwork, it’s safe to assume that many food producers will choose the easier route: irradiation.

Irradiation: What is it, and what does it do to food?

Food irradiation uses high-energy Gamma rays, electron beams, or X-rays - all of which are millions of times more powerful than standard medical X-rays - to break apart the bacteria and insects that can hide in meat, grains, and other foods. Radiation can do strange things to food, by creating substances called “unique radiolytic products.” These irradiation by-products include a variety of mutagens, which are substances that can cause gene mutations; polyploidy, an abnormal condition in which cells contain more than two sets of chromosomes; chromosome aberrations, often associated with cancerous cells; and dominant lethal mutations, a change in a cell that prevents it from reproducing. To make matters worse, many mutagens are also carcinogens.
http://www.centerforfoodsafety.org/pubs/Irradiation%20fact%20sheet.pdf

According to the US Government Accounting Office’s Department of the Army’s Food Irradiation Program, irradiation damages food by breaking up molecules and creating free radicals. The free radicals kill some bacteria, but they also bounce around in the food, damage vitamins and enzymes, and combine with chemicals already in the food, such as pesticides, to form new chemicals, called unique radiolytic products (URPs).

Some of these URPs, including benzene, formaldehyde and lipid peroxides, are unique to irradiated foods. Scientists haven’t studied the long-term effect of these new chemicals in our diet, so how can we – or the FDA – assume they are safe?

The FDA would have us believe that irradiation is perfectly safe. Yet research has revealed a wide range of problems in animals that ate irradiated food, including premature death, a rare form of cancer, reproductive dysfunction, chromosomal abnormalities, liver damage, low weight gain and vitamin deficiencies.

Take action today! Please sign the letter below to tell the FDA: Don’t irradiate my veggies!

Sources:
What’s Wrong with Food Irradiation, Organic Consumers Association:
http://www.organicconsumers.org/Irrad/irradfact.cfm

Top 10 Reasons for Opposing Food Radiation, Mercola.com:
http://www.mercola.com/article/irradiated/irradiation_dangers.htm

Food Safety Fact Sheet, Center for Food Safety:
http://www.centerforfoodsafety.org/pubs/Irradiation%20fact%20sheet.pdf

FDA press release on new rules
http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm334156.htm
 

Kathy B. (99)
Thursday January 17, 2013, 7:20 pm
Thanks J.L. instead of regulating our food like they should, they chose to nuke it. Disturbing is putting it nicely.
 

NicoleAWAY W. (634)
Thursday January 17, 2013, 7:29 pm
signed and shared, thank you JL
 

JL A. (275)
Thursday January 17, 2013, 8:28 pm
You are welcome Kathy and Nicole. Thanks for stating the obvious 'bottom line' Kathy and thanks for sharing Nicole. You cannot currently send a star to Nicole because you have done so within the last week.
 

Kit B. (276)
Thursday January 17, 2013, 8:46 pm

Signed and shared - tweeted
 

Sara W. (110)
Thursday January 17, 2013, 8:46 pm
How about doing something properly for a change?? It's only our health at stake here. Sheesh. Gladly signed, thanks, J.L.
 

JL A. (275)
Thursday January 17, 2013, 8:46 pm
Thanks for spreading the word Kit! You cannot currently send a star to Kit because you have done so within the last week.
 

JL A. (275)
Thursday January 17, 2013, 8:48 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Sara because you have done so within the last week. You are welcome Sara.
 

Joe R. (191)
Friday January 18, 2013, 2:24 am
Thanks JL. Signed and noted.
 

Lisa Neste (699)
Friday January 18, 2013, 6:36 am
Thank you for taking action!
Thanks J.L.
 

Melania Padilla (179)
Friday January 18, 2013, 10:20 am
Signed, thanks!
 

JL A. (275)
Friday January 18, 2013, 2:25 pm
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Fran F. (112)
Friday January 18, 2013, 3:40 pm
Signed and noted. TY, J.L.!
 

Kristine H. (75)
Friday January 18, 2013, 4:09 pm
Signed and noted! Thank you.
 

John B. (215)
Friday January 18, 2013, 7:23 pm
Thanks J.L. for the link. Signed and noted.
 

JL A. (275)
Friday January 18, 2013, 7:26 pm
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Esther Z. (96)
Friday January 18, 2013, 9:07 pm
Noted and signed.
 

JL A. (275)
Friday January 18, 2013, 9:09 pm
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Marianne B. (113)
Friday January 18, 2013, 10:34 pm
gladly signed & noted. Thanks for posting.
 

paul m. (93)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 5:53 am

Signed.....
 

JL A. (275)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 8:34 am
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Ellyn S. (45)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 10:07 am
VERY, VERY IMPORTANT ACTION ALERT! Thanks, J.L., for posting!
 

Shirley B. (5)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 12:52 pm
Signed, TY, J.L.
 

DAVID LAIRD (0)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 1:12 pm
SIGNED
 

JL A. (275)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 1:14 pm
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Past Member (0)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 1:54 pm
already signed, TU JL
 

Sheila D. (25)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 3:03 pm
Noted and signed. Thanks J.L.
 

JL A. (275)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 3:24 pm
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Jason Green (231)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 5:07 pm
Thank you for taking action!
 

Christina G. (11)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 6:25 pm
eating irrated food can lead to - guess what? -irradiation poisoning! how's leukemia as an extra treat!
 

Scott haakon (4)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 8:26 pm
Europeans have had irradiated milk for decades what has their experience been?
 

Heidi Aubrey (16)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 9:58 pm
Irradiation will not lead to cancer. There are no remnants of radiation left in the food. My concern is it may lead to cancer.

Why would I say such a contrary thing?

I would destroy some ot the nutrients and possibly produce some unwanted by products due the molecules being forced to interact with one another in an unnatural way.

Raw produce prevents cancer by the very vitue that it is so nutritious. With some of that removed+possibility of unwanted by products may lead to increase in cancer. It would kinda defeat the purpose of eating raw produce.
 

Marie W. (66)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 10:57 pm
Just quit messing with the food and then refusing to label it as messed with!
S&N
 

Devon Leonard (54)
Sunday January 20, 2013, 1:06 am
gladly signed and noted! Thanks J L...
 

Patricia H. (468)
Sunday January 20, 2013, 2:29 am
noted and shared
 

paul m. (93)
Sunday January 20, 2013, 4:32 am

Signed...
 

Fi T. (16)
Sunday January 20, 2013, 5:55 am
Thanks for the reminder
 

monka blank (77)
Sunday January 20, 2013, 9:45 am
"Why don't we all eat plastic - phantastic and die !?!"
I hope they stay away of our food; irradiation doesn't sound healthy.
 

JL A. (275)
Sunday January 20, 2013, 3:46 pm
Thanks to all of you commenting and signing and to those expressing thanks, you are welcome! Stars sent where I could, but unfortunately I'm told it is too soon for many of you.
 

Joan AWAY McAllister (1083)
Monday January 21, 2013, 4:12 am
Signed & Noted. Thanks J.L.
 

Ro H. (0)
Monday January 21, 2013, 6:23 am
stop it
 

JL A. (275)
Monday January 21, 2013, 7:55 am
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Sergio Padilla (62)
Monday January 21, 2013, 1:16 pm
Done
 

JL A. (275)
Monday January 21, 2013, 2:40 pm
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Ruth R. (219)
Saturday March 9, 2013, 12:52 am
Signed!
 

JL A. (275)
Saturday March 9, 2013, 7:26 am
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