Do you feel it's important to know if you are purchasing irradiated foods? If so, be sure to voice your opinion to the FDA who has proposed a labeling change which would intentionally hide the fact that food has been irradiated.
If you don't want to eat food that had been irradiated, all you have to do is find the "irradiated" symbol on a product. But now the government is considering allowing food to be irradiated and labeled with an alternative term, such as "electronically pasteurized" or "cold pasteurized." The comment period for public input about this matter expires July 3.
Official notice in Federal Register Volume 72, Number 64, states you must submit written or electronic comments on the proposed rule by July 3, 2007, and includes a mailing address.
To submit your comments online
FDA Docket: 2005N-0272 - Irradiation in the Production, Processing and Handling of Food
Here are some sources from which to learn about both sides of this issue:
"Food Irradiation: A Safe Measure"
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
"Food Safety and Irradiation: Protecting the Public from Foodborne Infections"
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
"Tell FDA Not to Weaken Labeling for Irradiated Foods!"
The Center for Food Safety
"Will Dietary Supplements be "cold pasteurized" with x-rays and will it be labeled?"
American Association for Health Freedom
Organic Consumers Association
This information was kindly passed along to me through the American Holistic Health Association. I acknowledge my appreciate for sharing their research and information.