Food Irradiation: FDA Could Improve Its Documentation and Communication of Key Decisions on Food Irradiation Petitions

Shames, Lisa
March 2010
GAO Reports;3/18/2010, p1
Government Documents
The article compares the labeling requirements for irradiated food products by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Department of Agriculture (DA). It was found that both agencies require labels on irradiated food packaged for retail sale and a statement disclosing that the food has been exposed to ionizing radiation. The FDA does not review and preapprove labels on food product before marketing while the DA reviews and preapproves all labels before use on meat and poultry products.


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