Administration Proposal to Serve Irradiated Beef to School Children
Poses Cancer, Genetic and Other Risks warns Samuel S. Epstein, M.D.
Cancer Prevention Coalition and Illinois Food Safety Coalition Announce a Public
Information Campaign to Warn of the Serious Dangers of Food Irradiation
The irradiation industry, with Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) approval, claims that irradiating meat and other food is
essential to preventing E.coli O157 and other serious bacterial food poisoning.
In fact, this could readily be prevented by basic sanitary practices in feedlots
and meat packing plants which the powerful meat and irradiation industries are
unwilling to do. Furthermore, industry and the FDA claim that irradiated food is
However, these claims are false. "There is
well-documented scientific evidence on the cancer and other risks of irradiated
food," emphasizes Dr. Samuel Epstein, Chairman of the Cancer Prevention
Coalition (CPC). Furthermore, Paul Fehribach, Director of the Illinois Food
Safety Coalition (IFSC) states: "The posters will warn of the risks to
Schaumburg and Glendale Heights communities where irradiation plants have been
The CPC and possibly the
IFSC will be displaying signs and providing handouts, across the state.
These warnings were
previously endorsed by 20 statewide citizen and consumer groups in Chicago and
may participate this year in our state. The groups may included: Alden
Ponds Foundation, Chicago Diner, Earth Save, Families Against Rural Messes (F.A.R.M.),
Food Animal Concerns Trust (F.A.C.T.), Global Resource Action Center for the
Environment (GRACE), Illinois Greens, Illinois Peace Action, Illinois
Stewardship Alliance, Lake Michigan Interleague Group of the League of Women
Voters (LMILG), Living Upstream, Media Watch, Natural Needs, Nuclear Energy
Information Service (NEIS), Nukewatch, Nutrition for Optimal Health Association
(NOHA), Organic Consumers Association, and Organic Food Network.
S. Epstein, M.D.
emeritus Professor environmental and occupational medicine at the
of Illinois School of Public Health, and Chairman of the Cancer Prevention
2121 W. Taylor Street, MC 922, Chicago, IL 60612