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Weekly BEEF Poll: Is Food Irradiation The Answer?

Headlines have blared the last few weeks about the huge E.coli outbreak in Europe.

Headlines have blared the last few weeks about the huge E.coli outbreak in Europe. The world’s food industry has spent billions on food safety measures and interventions, but food-borne illness persists, though the record is improving. Meanwhile, a proven, under-used, silver bullet to the problem exists – food irradiation (See "Irradiation Would Have Prevented European E.coli Disaster"). Log your view on this week’s poll question at BEEF: Should the U.S. beef industry be more aggressive in promoting the use of food irradiation?

  • Yes, it’s proven to be an effective, cost-effective, final step.
  • No, let’s continue to spend money finding other interventions.
  • Don’t know

Meanwhile, last week’s online poll question – How important do you believe international beef trade is to U.S. cattle prices? – garnered more than 100 votes, with the clear and overwhelming majority (76%) saying it’s “essential.” Meanwhile, 16% indicated international beef trade is “important” to U.S. cattle prices; 3% said it was “somewhat important,” and 4% said it was “not at all important.”

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