The latest attempt to bring back food irradiation is not surprising ["Irradiation Almost Erases Risk of Food Poisoning," usnews.com].
Unfortunately, it is just the same old sales pitch about a quick fix for food safety problems that require a more comprehensive approach. The article fails to note that irradiation is simply not practical. The expense of shipping fresh vegetables with short shelf lives to distant irradiation facilities would be astronomical. Not to mention the question of whether consumers even want to eat irradiated lettuce. Previous test markets of other irradiated foods, especially ground beef, have failed miserably. Consumers trying to eat more vegetables for their health will likely be turned off by a treatment that exposes food to high doses of ionizing radiation and can deplete vitamins and damage texture. The issue of preventing future food borne illness from vegetables is critically important. And it deserves a much more serious discussion than just dusting off a failed technology like irradiation.
Food & Water Watch