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ID NEWS: Congresswoman seeks labeling for irradiated food in schools, also, alternative products

In the ongoing battle between proponents and opponents of food irradiation as a means of preventing food-borne illness, Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) has introduced the Right to Know Student Nutrition Act. This bill calls for "proper labeling" and alternatives to irradiated food served under the USDA National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs.

Under new USDA rules established by the 2002 Farm Bill, the federal government now allows school districts to purchase irradiated foods, if they desire, but labeling of irradiated foods is not required in the foodservice arena.

"For the safety of our children, we must provide lunchroom labeling for irradiated food, and we must provide kids with a healthy non-irradiated alternative, so that our children are aware of the possible dangers of eating certain foods and can make a choice to avoid them," Lee comments.
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