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"After the E. coli outbreak in Europe last month - which sickened more than 4000 people and killed at least 50 - it was impossible not to think about irradiation. "What if," I asked myself, "those little fenugreek seeds had been irradiated?" Might there have been fewer deaths, fewer cases of hemolytic-uremic syndrome (essentially, kidney failure; there were 900), fewer tragic stories? The answer is "yes." But it's not the only question. "
Mark Bittman, New York Times

E. coli outbreak that killed 47 people in Germany and left thousands seriously ill could almost certainly have been averted by irradiating the fenugreek seeds. Wider irradiation of (particularly organic) foodstuffs within the UK and EU would seriously reduce the risk of foodborne illness.
Dominic Dyer; Crop Protection Association
IN THIS ISSUE
What if those little Fenugreek seeds had been irradiated?
How to stop worrying about food contamination
Pakistani mangoes make US debut
Pakistani mangoes hit Chicago and the US
Both sweet and symbolic, Pakistani mangoes to arrive in Chicago
Irradiation's Role in (Safely) Feeding the Planet
New Mexican treatment plant launched

What if those little Fenugreek seeds had been irradiated?

Mark Bittman, New York Times (July 26, 2011):
After the E. coli outbreak in Europe last month - which sickened more than 3000 people and killed at least 50 - it was impossible not to think about irradiation. "What if," I asked myself, "those little fenugreek seeds had been irradiated?" Might there have been fewer deaths, fewer cases of hemolytic-uremic syndrome (essentially, kidney failure; there were 900), fewer tragic stories?  The answer is "yes." But it's not the only question.
When it comes to irradiation, you might need a primer. (I did.) Read more

How to stop worrying about food contamination

Huffington Post (blog) (August 5, 2011):
The only way to be certain that every piece meat leaves the slaughterhouse sterile is irradiation. That's right, bathe the meat in electron beams, X-rays or gamma rays. BAM! as Emeril would say. No more microbes. So far research has shown no damage to Read more
E.Coli outbreak could have been averted, says expert
International Supermarket News (July 26, 2011): 

E. coli outbreak that killed 47 people in Germany and left thousands seriously ill could almost certainly have been averted by irradiating the fenugreek seeds...Read more

Pakistani mangoes make US debut
Fruitnet.com
The import protocol requires mangoes are treated with a specified dose of irradiation at an APHIS-certified facility. Irradiation treatment may be applied prior to or upon arrival into the United States. In addition, each shipment must be accompanied... Read more 
Pakistani mangoes hit Chicago and the US
Chicago Tribune
After a quick trip to Iowa for electron beam irradiation (for food safety), the fragrant chaunsa mangoes returned for their coming out party at the Palmer House Hilton Saturday afternoon. Pakistani Ambassador to the US Hussain Haqqani presided over the... Read more 
Both sweet and symbolic, Pakistani mangoes to arrive in Chicago
WBEZ
Hayauddin spoke by phone from Sioux City, Iowa, where he was with the initial shipment of more than 2800 lbs of mangoes at an irradiation facility. All mango shipments to the US will arrive in Chicago, and be treated in Iowa before being sold.... Read more 
Irradiation's role in (safely) feeding the planet
New York Times (blog)
The logic for irradiation as one tool (among many) for expanding and safeguarding food supplies goes well beyond the potential benefits of killing pathogens. In developing countries where spoilage greatly cuts food productivity, the method could help .... Read more 
Mexican irradiation phytosanitary treatment plant launched
Fresh Fruit Portal
A new phytosanitary irradiation treatment plant has been launched in the Mexican state of San Luis Potosí, servicing an area that exports around 300,000 metric tons (MT) of fruit annually... Read more.
Important Food Safety Links
Kansas State University 
Marler Blog
Food Irradiation Processing Alliance (FIPA) 
International Irradiation Association (iiA)
Food Irradiation Principles and Applications is an excellent source of information about food irradiation. 
The American Council on Science & Health booklet on irradiated foods - Provides Science-based Information on Food Irradiation.
Food Irradiation: A Guide for Consumers, Policy Makers and the Media - Grocery Manufacturers of America publication
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Food Irradiation Update is being sent as an update on food irradiation by the Minnesota Beef Council. 

Ronald F. Eustice
Executive Director
Minnesota Beef Council
2950 Metro Drive # 102
Bloomington, MN 55425
USA
Phone: 952/854-6980
Fax: 952/854-6906
E-mail: ron@mnbeef.org
Website: www.mnbeef.org
 
For more information on food irradiation visit http://www.mnbeef.org