Monday, May 29, 2017

Irradiation fears stall adoption

Poultry processors say they fear consumers will reject products that have been irradiated to eliminate food-poisoning bacteria, yet the Consumers Association of Canada is urging adoption of the technology.

Bruce Cran of the Consumers Association of Canada is saying the federal government has done "an incompetent job" informing Canadians that irradiation is safe and he worries that a lack of action could lead to a deadly outbreak.

"They need to promote an understanding so Canadians can make an informed choice, and they're not doing that for whatever reason," Cran said.

"This is not only a safe practice, it's one that many of us would like to be able to use."

Robin Horel, president of the Canadian Poultry and Egg Processors Council, said "our members would absolutely support it, but we haven't pushed hard because ... the companies that produce chicken and turkey are concerned about what the consumer response would be."

I guess they don't care that their customers may get sick.

Earlier this year the federal government approved irradiation for ground beef, provided it is clearly labeled with a logo inside a green circle.