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Irradiating veggies


June 10, 2011
By The Canadian Press

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June
9, 2011 – A consumer group says the Canadian government should reopen the
discussion about irradiating food in light of the world’s deadliest E. coli
outbreak that has killed 24 people in Europe.

June
9, 2011 – A consumer group says the Canadian government should reopen the
discussion about irradiating food in light of the world’s deadliest E. coli
outbreak that has killed 24 people in Europe.

Irradiation,
which is used with varying degree in 40 countries, briefly exposes food to
gamma rays or electron beams and kills E. coli and salmonella in food.

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Consumers
Association of Canada
has previously opposed food irradiation, but asked for
the issue to be added to the agenda for a two-day meeting in Ottawa this week
with consumer groups and the Canadian
Food Inspection Agency
.

Spanish
cucumbers that were initially blamed have been ruled out and initial tests on
German sprouts came back negative but testing continues.

Health
officials say an Ontario man who became ill ate local salad produce in Germany.