I sent this to SANET a few days ago, but apparently it wouldn't go
because the attached abstracts made it too big. I have removed the
attachment. If anyone wants the results of the literature search I did,
contact me directly and I'll send them
> Does your understanding conflict with the views of the author of
> I thought the article you attached was slanted. It isn't that the
> risks and dangers listed are non-existent, but that they are presented
> out of the context of related and counterbalancing risks. All the
> radiolytic products mentioned in the article are normally found in
> foods. There was no mention of dose in the article. From what I know
> about food science and preparation, risk to consumers from food
> poisoning far, FAR exceeds any risk from the free-radical reactions
> induced by ionizing radiation. Heck, cooking itself is a more drastic
> alteration of the chemical nature of food.
> Regarding occupational hazards, how do these hazards compare with
> related industries, like meat-packing, cattle ranching, and
> slaughtering? I wouldn't be surprised if the occupational hazard
> looks minor in that context.
> You got my curiosity up, so I did a literature search on Agricola
> (84-current) and BioAbstracts (91-current). I searched "irradiation
> and meat and safety". I have attached the abstracts. I brief look
> through the abstracts confirms safety. I could not find either the
> paper you quoted, or any of the citations in the paper. Perhaps they
> are obscure.
> <<File: Radsaf.txt>>
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