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Information on Food Irradiation
Irradiated fruits and vegetables benefit the packer and grocer, not the farmer or consumer. The consumer receives an inferior product that appears fresh, but has depleted vitamins and enzymes. The U.S. only requires a radura symbol, the food irradiation label, on foods in which the irradiation causes a material change in the food. Ingredients processed by restaurants or food manufacturers do not require labels. The OCA calls for these labeling requirementson ALL irradiated foods: