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highly charged, radioactive beams. A new technique, developed by the Titan Corporation, uses conventional electricity and an electronic
accelerator instead of radioactive isotopes. Titan devised its SureBeam irradiation technology during the 1980s, while conducting research for
the Star Wars antimissile program.
The American Medical Association and the World Health Organization have declared that irradiated foods are safe to eat. Widespread
introduction of the process has thus far been impeded, however, by a reluctance among consumers to eat things that have been exposed to
radiation. According to current USDA regulations, irradiated meat must be identified with a special label and with a radura (the
internationally recognized symbol of radiation). The Beef Industry Food Safety Council — whose members include the meatpacking and fast
food giants — has asked the USDA to change its rules and make the labeling of irradiated meat completely voluntary. The meatpacking
industry is also working hard to get rid of the word “irradiation,” much preferring the...
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- Spring '08