In December 1998, NFPA sent a letter to President Bill Clinton expressing its concern about USDA's lack of action. Such delay is surprising, said NFPA President John R. Cady, because the administration has taken a leadership role in advancing food safety. Asked at a recent press conference when USDA planned to issue the irradiation regulations, Catherine Woteki, Ph.D., R.D., undersecretary for food safety, would only say, "Soon. We're working on it."
Irradiation regs lag
It's been more than a year since FDA approved the irradiation of red meat, but USDA continues to drag its feet in producing regulations governing the use of irradiation on USDA-regulated beef products.
Jan 31, 1999