@byline = by Denny Banister
In late February, Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman announced the government will allow irradiation of raw meat and raw meat products in an effort to reduce contamination with microorganisms and improve food safety. The 60-day comment period is past, placing Secretary Glickman’s proposed irradiation rule officially into effect.
Irradiating foods is nothing new Europeans have long used the irradiation method of food preservation. For many