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Volume 7, Number 7—June 2001
THEME ISSUE
International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases 2000

Conference Presentations

Food Safety and Irradiation: Protecting the Public from Foodborne Infections 1

Robert V. Tauxe
Author affiliation: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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Table 2

Irradiation approved for foods in the United States

Year Food Dose (kGy) Purpose
1963 Wheat flour 0.20-0.50 Control mold
1964 White potatoes 0.05-0.15 Inhibit sprouting
1986 Pork 0.30-1.00 Reduce cases of Trichinosis
1986 Fruits & vegetables 1.00 Increase shelf life and control insects
1986 Herbs and spices 30.00 Sterilize
1990 (FDA) Poultry 3.00 Reduce bacterial pathogens
1992 (USDA) Poultry 1.50-4.50 Reduce bacterial pathogens
1997 (FDA) Fresh meat 4.50 Reduce bacterial pathogens
2000 (USDA) Fresh meat 4.50 Reduce bacterial pathogens

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1Adapted from a talk given on July 19, 2000 at the 2nd International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases, Atlanta, GA.

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