Toronto Star

Health Canada OKs irradiatio­n of meat


The federal government has approved the sale of ground beef that has been treated with radiant energy similar to X-rays.

Health Canada says irradiatio­n can reduce levels of harmful bacteria such as E. coli and salmonella that could be in the meat.

It also says irradiatio­n can extend the shelf life of food products by preventing premature spoilage.

Health Canada says irradiated ground-beef products must be labelled as such.

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