Parents Protest Schools Irradiated Meat Plan
Thu Dec 12,12:34 PM ET By Randy Fabi 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Bush administration's plan to allow irradiated meat to be served to millions of U.S. school children is being criticized by some concerned parents. 

Irradiation, which has been endorsed by the World Health Organization, exposes food to low doses of electrons or gamma rays to destroy deadly microorganisms such as E. coli O157:H7 and salmonella. 

Last month, the USDA asked for public input on implementing a program for irradiated beef and so far has received more than 200 responses. Most were from disgruntled parents opposing irradiated meat. 

Parents urged the USDA to conduct more research on the new technology before distributing it to children. Some said the use of irradiation will give meat companies an excuse to relax their food safety programs, leaving animal feces or other contaminants in meat.... 
 
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Do you think it`s right for schools to feed children irradiated meat?
Parents Protest Schools Irradiated Meat Plan

Thu Dec 12,12:34 PM ET By Randy Fabi

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Bush administration`s plan to allow irradiated meat to be served to millions of U.S. school children is being criticized by some concerned parents.

Irradiation, which has been endorsed by the World Health Organization, exposes food to low doses of electrons or gamma rays to destroy deadly microorganisms such as E. coli O157:H7 and salmonella.

Last month, the USDA asked for public input on implementing a program for irradiated beef and so far has received more than 200 responses. Most were from disgruntled parents opposing irradiated meat.

Parents urged the USDA to conduct more research on the new technology before distributing it to children. Some said the use of irradiation will give meat companies an excuse to relax their food safety programs, leaving animal feces or other contaminants in meat....

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19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Thursday 12/19/02 - 9:58:50 AM EST (GMT-5)
Has there been any side effects from the irradidation process? Thats something I would like to know before I say its ok. The killing of MO's are a good thing but there seems to be more parents should know about the process.
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Thursday 12/19/02 - 10:00:22 AM EST (GMT-5)
I'm guessing the opposition is all from parents thinking "irradiation? like radiation? like nuclear bombs and stuff? Bad!!!"
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Saturday 12/28/02 - 6:02:53 PM EST (GMT-5)
it's better than samenella and E Coli
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Sunday 12/29/02 - 9:14:02 PM EST (GMT-5)
ummmm....what?!
19 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Saturday 3/1/03 - 2:12:31 PM EST (GMT-5)
Maybe the parents with the problem should get up off their lazy butts and pack their kids a lunch, if they are so worried about it.
19 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Saturday 3/15/03 - 10:04:17 PM EST (GMT-5)
I agree with Kaneda, "irridation" just sounds like its something bad, so they are opposing it without actually finding out that it is. If they're so concerned, why don't they just buy some freakin' Lunchables or something and shut up.
17 yrs ago - Sunday 5/1/05 - 1:00:23 AM EST (GMT-5)
This technology has been out a long time and is used for products found in the average grocery store. Probably someone just learned of it and freaked out. The radiation goes through the meat, it doesn't stay. Just kills germs. If you saw a meat plant you would want anything that killed germs.
17 yrs ago - Sunday 5/1/05 - 1:12:39 AM EST (GMT-5)
No, children shouldn't eat meat.
17 yrs ago - Sunday 5/1/05 - 1:31:27 AM EST (GMT-5)
School cafeterias need to provide high quality nutritious food and offer vegetarian options. It might happen if schools get the funding they need and we weren't bombing the chit out of whoever disagrees with us and has oil.
17 yrs ago - Sunday 5/1/05 - 1:35:50 AM EST (GMT-5)
17 yrs ago - Sunday 5/1/05 - 8:52:20 AM EST (GMT-5)
This has just become a very big issue in the UK, as the government spends about 38p per day per child on school meals. That's less than they spend on prisoner's meals. Jamie Oliver (celeb chef) is campaigning for better meals for kids, balanced in salt, sugar and fat, plenty of fruit and veg - makes sense to me.
15 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Monday 3/26/07 - 4:56:50 PM EST (GMT-5)
Now they're moving on to more than meat...not just in schools, but everywhere!

Should we irradiate fruits and vegetables?

15 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Monday 3/26/07 - 5:00:39 PM EST (GMT-5)
Using radiation to kill microbes is done every day in your kitchen. Why should we limit the govt schools?
15 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Monday 3/26/07 - 5:13:10 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 5/1/2005 8:52:21 AM chips2001 wrote:
This has just become a very big issue in the UK, as the government spends about 38p per day per child on school meals. That's less than they spend on prisoner's meals. Jamie Oliver (celeb chef) is campaigning for better meals for kids, balanced in salt, sugar and fat, plenty of fruit and veg - makes sense to me.

How many meals to the kids eat in school every day?
14 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Friday 5/25/07 - 2:54:16 AM EST (GMT-5)
I wish our school bought that stuff...I don't think our school uses real meat at all
14 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Saturday 5/26/07 - 3:13:13 PM EST (GMT-5)
Meh, I don't care what the children eat. Hell, kids eat dirt and bugs for crying out loud.
13 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Monday 8/25/08 - 12:45:37 AM EST (GMT-5)



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