Friday, August 29, 2008

Care for some irradiation with your salad sir?

One needs to have a dark sense of humor or be really low in the neurons department to come up with such a slogan "Irradiated for Freshness and Quality." Thank you for straightening me up FDA folks! I had it SO wrong all along! I thought for freshness I'd either grow it myself or buy local...and for quality I'd go naive of me...what an eye opener!
Above is the symbol all irradiated lettuce and spinach (and who knows what other veggies and fruits waiting in the wings) will have. If you see it, avoid it!
This worrisome info was taken out of one of my favorite sites Organic Consumers Association.

If you would like your voice to be heard and were unable to get to the links above please click here.

" The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has okayed the irradiation of lettuce and spinach. Food irradiation is the process of exposing food to ionizing radiation in order to destroy disease causing pathogens, like bacteria and viruses.

Irradiating food makes food more dangerous, not safer. Some major concerns with food irradiation include:-The formation of free radicals, which can set off chain reactions in the body that destroy antioxidants, tear apart cell membranes, and make the body more susceptible to cancer, diabetes, heart disease, liver damage, muscular breakdown and other serious problems.-Serious health problems in laboratory testing, including, including premature death, fatal internal bleeding, cancer, stillbirths and other reproductive problems, mutations and other genetic damage, organ malfunctions, stunted growth and vitamin deficiencies.-The creating mutant forms of dangerous bacteria, like E. coli and Salmonella-Nutrient loss in foods, including the destruction of vitamins and essential fatty acids.-The formation of carcinogenic chemicals, like benzene and toluene.-While irradiated lettuce and spinach must be labeled in supermarkets, there are currently no labeling requirements for restaurants serving irradiated produce or other items. Patrons and clients may consume irradiated lettuce and spinach in the future without their knowledge, nor consent.-There are many alternatives to irradiation. Visit OCA's
Irradiation Alternatives page for more informationMake your voice heard! Click here to send the FDA a message during the 30-Day Comment Period."


Mary said...

This is terrible. Thanks for posting the picture. I will be watching out for it...

Gardening Fool said...

Anytime! Sorry it took me so long to reply, I was out on a safely! ;-)