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29 June 2007

iia Letter on Labelling Irradiated Food

June 29, 2007 Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305) Food and Drug Administration 5630 Fishers Lane, Rm. 1061 Rockville, MD 20852 USA Re: Docket #2005N-0272 The International Irradiation Association (iia) strongly agrees with the new proposed labeling regulations applicable to foods for which irradiation has been approved by FDA. This proposed rule change will enable significant […]

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13 April 2007

FDA Public Hearing on Safety of Fresh Produce

13 April 2007 | FDA Public Hearing on Safety of Fresh Produce, Washington, DC At the FDA public hearing on safety of fresh produce on 13 April 2007 there were three sessions: speakers from government, FDA’s invited industry and academia speakers, and public comments. Michelle Marcotte presented on “Irradiation and Produce Safety” on behalf on […]

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12 August 2006

Wegmans reintroduces irradiated fresh ground beef

17 August 2006 ROCHESTER, N.Y. USA — Officials with Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. have announced the retailer is again offering irradiated ground beef at its 71 retail stores. Wegmans was one of the first retailers to offer irradiated beef in 2002 and discontinued carrying the products when the provider of its irradiation service, SureBeam Corp., […]

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22 June 2006

iia Letter to Romina Garay, Convenor of ISO/TC 34 WG10

22 June 2006 |   To: Romina Garay, Convenor of ISO/TC 34/WG 10 Vasil Lajos, Interim Secetary of ISO/TC 34/ WG Members TC 34/ WG 10 Members Subject: Status of ISO/TC 34/ WG 10 on ISO/CD 22810 “Food Irradiation – Good processing practices for the irradiation of food intended for human consumption” I am writing […]

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1 May 2006

Update on development of ISO/TC34 Food Irradiation Standard

Convenor Romina Garay cancelled the first meeting of ISO/TC 34/ WG 10 scheduled for May 10 to 12th in Buenos Aires, Argentina because only 2 people registered. Unfortunately the need for this work has not been justified, since many believe the existing Codex documents and ISO/ASTM standards are sufficient and of much higher quality. However […]

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1 February 2006

USDA Final Rule Treatment of Fruits and Vegetables

2006 January 27 in the Federal Register Volume 71, Number 18 pages 4451 to 4464 Final Rule. Effective Date: 2006 February 27th. The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), USDA amended the regulations by revising the approved doses for irradiation treatment of imported fruits and vegetables. This rule establishes a new minimum generic dose […]

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1 December 2005

List of Approved Facilities for Food Irradiation

Did you know that on October 7th 2004 the Commission of the European communities amended thee Directive 1999/2/EC of the European Parliament concerning foods and food ingredients treated with ionizing radiation? The amendment included that specific foodstuffs and food ingredients may be imported from a country outside the EC, if treated in an approved irradiation […]

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1 December 2005

Phytosan Mexico receives licence for Matehuala Plant

Arved Deecke, Director General of PHYTOSAN S.A. de C.V.) is very pleased to announce that as of November 16, 2005 has received its nuclear license for construction of a gamma facility in Matehuala, SLP, Mexico, from the Mexican Commission of Nuclear Safety and Safeguards (CNSNS). The permit covers the installation of a MDS Nordion JS […]

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5 October 2005

European Food Irradiation Update

Direktor und Professor Dieter Ehlermann a.D., Linac Technologies’ consultant and formerly of the Federal Research Centre for Nutrition, Karlsruhe, Germany sent the iiA four reports on developments in food irradiation. All documents are now posted on the iiA website. First document is “Irradiated Foods Marketed in Europe”. In 2005 after the accession of 10 or […]

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1 October 2005

Ghana An Emerging Opportunity

A brand new report, “Irradiation Quarantine Export Development Feasibility Project” makes the compelling case that irradiation may be the only means of allowing fruits and vegetables exports from Ghana and the West Africa Trade Hub. Some countries have approved methyl bromide and hot vapour treatments for similar fruits exported from other regions, but the pests […]

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