or http://www.oac.uoguelph.ca/riskcomm/news-today/ if a few days have
Another source of information about Food Safety--including irradiation--is
the Foodsafe listserv:
> From FSnet 8/26/99
> ORGANIC FOOD CREATES HIGHER RISK FOR FOOD POISONING
> Aug. 25 /99
> US Newswire
> Marc Morano
> WASHINGTON -- An investigation by the nationally syndicated television
> newsmagazine program American Investigator revealed in June 1998 that,
> according to the Centers for Disease Control's (CDC) own numbers, organic
> and natural food products represent a higher rate of food borne illness,
> commonly referred to as food poisoning. Correspondent Marc Morano explains
> that "by creating food free of synthetic chemicals and preservatives,
> organic and natural foods have removed barriers between humans and harmful
> disease-causing bacteria."
> Virlie Walker, an FDA official, is now on record warning that, "Most
> especially at risk are your organic products because they could be
> fertilized with manure." Also on record is chief of the CDC's Foodborne
> illness division Robert V. Tauxe, addressing pathogens that thrive in
> manure, "Organic means a food was grown in animal manure."
> Dr. Lester Crawford of the Georgetown Center for Food and Nutrition Policy
> told American Investigator, "Organic foods as they're raised with manure
> as fertilizers and sometimes without chlorinated water, provide a great
> opportunity for bacteria to grow."
> "Just on the basis of the label, I would probably tend to shy away from
> the organic," said Dr. Dean Cliver, a food scientist from University of
> Southern California-Davis.
> Even though modern chemical farming occasionally uses manure, they also
> use salt, preservatives and chemical washes, which kill harmful bacteria.
> Organic proponents told American Investigator that manure is safe from
> bacteria if it's properly composted, however the newsmagazine found no
> standard or scientific gauge to determine what is "properly" composted
> manure. Dr. Cliver said, "We can tell you how a hamburger is very well
> done but we can't tell you when manure is very well done."
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