Why is the FDA Ignoring Toxic Chemicals in Irradiated Food?
(Click HERE for a pdf version of this page) Since their work began in 1998, government researchers in Germany have made some alarming discoveries about unique chemicals formed in food when it is “treated” with radiation. Cyclobutanones – which do not occur naturally in any food – were shown to promote cancer development and cause genetic damage in rats. The chemicals have also been shown to cause genetic and cellular damage to human and rat cells. Even though many irradiated foods that can legally be sold to the public could contain cyclobutanones – including eggs, beef, pork, chicken, lamb, mangoes and papayas – the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has done nothing to alert Americans about these toxic chemicals. And, the FDA is actively considering irradiation for ready-to-eat foods and seafood, in which cyclobutanones have also been discovered. Because cyclobutanones are byproducts of fats that occur in hundreds of types of food, the potential hazards of these chemicals is great. Wh