Rule of Irradiation for Food and Packaging
This rule allows crustaceans (e.g., crab, shrimp, lobster, crayfish, and prawns) to be treated with a maximum does of 6.0 kiloGrays of radiation. This rule covers products in raw, frozen, cooked, partially cooked, shelled, dried, cooked, ready-to-cook or processed form with spices or small amounts of other food ingredients. These products are to be stored and handled the same as other non-irradiated foods because the radiation at this level will reduce but not entirely eliminate the number of pathogenic organisms on and in crustaceans.
Labeling Requirements for Irradiated Food and Packaging
Irradiated foods sold in the United States of America are to be labeled with the international symbol for irradiation (radura) and in addition must have a statement of “treated with radiation” or ‘Treated by Irradiation”
The US FDA currently allows a wide variety of foods to be treated with irradiation. Fresh foods, spices, poultry, meat, molluscan shellfish, iceberg lettuce, fresh spinach and seeds for sprouting are allowed to be treated with irradiation.
(1) Irradiation in the Production, Processing and Handling of Food
(2) United States Food and Drug Administration - FDA Allows Ionizing Radiation to Control Foodborne Pathogens in Crustaceans http://www.fda.gov/
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