More Information on Food Irradiation

Educational Material for the Health Professional

World Wide Web Links

Here's a link to the pamphlet on "Frequently Asked Questions About Food Irradiation"

Written Material 

  • ADA. 2000. Position of the American Dietetic Association: Food Irradiation. J. American Dietetic Association. Also available online at
  • ACSH. 1996. Irradiated Foods. American Council on Science and Health 1995 Broadway, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10023-5860. PH: (212) 362-7044. (Single copies $3.85)
  • Bruhn, C.M. 1995. Strategies for Communicating the Facts on Food Irradiation to Consumers. J Food Protection 58(1):213-216
  • Thayer, D. et al., 1996. Radiation Pasteurization of Food. Council for Agricultural Science and Technology Issue Paper No. 7. CAST 4420 West Lincoln Way, Amers, Iowa 50014-3447. PH: (515) 292-2125. (single copies $3.00)
  • Satin, M. 1993. Food Irradiation, A Guidebook, Technomic Publishers. Written for the lay person, this 183 page book includes an extensive bibliography. Chapters include: Food Irradiation, Pasteurization, Foodbourne Diseases, Use of Irradiation to Prevent the Spread of Foodborne Disease, Prevention of Food Losses and Harvesting, Advocay Objections to Food Irradiation, Irradiated Foods and the Consumers, Some Final Thoughts

Phone Numbers 

For more information about food irradiation, call the Meat and Poultry Hotline. 1-800-535-4555. 
In the Washington DC. area, call 

Video Tapes 

Understanding Food Safety and Irradiation Technology in the Meat Industry. This hour long video tape is a review of the strengths and limitations of food irradiation, the regulatory environment and rationale for its use. It can be used as a background for the educator or as a stand alone educational piece with interested students or consumers. Accompanied educational material and a bibliography are included. Educational packet (EDC-22) $35, Video only (EDC-84) $25. Mr. James Trow, Extension Distribution Center, Iowa State University, 199 Kooser Drive, Ames, Iowa 50011-3171. PH: (515) 294-5247

The Consumer's Food Irradiation Kit. The kit contains a slide set of 40 images that illustrate all facets of this technology, from medical and household products to application for fruits, vegetables and meats. Kit with slide set and video (SP-196) $55 plus $5 shipping; kit with slide set (SP-195) $45 plus $4 shipping; kit with video tape (SP-194) $20 plue $4 shipping. Contact UF/IFAS Publications, PO Box 110011, Gainsville FL 32611-0011. PH: (352) 392-1764.

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