FDA approves irradiation of iceberg lettuce, spinach

first_img Under the FDA rule, packages of irradiated lettuce and spinach—like other irradiated food products—will have to bear the radura logo and one of two statements: “treated with radiation” or “treated by irradiation.” Aug 21, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today approved the use of irradiation to kill pathogens in fresh spinach and iceberg lettuce, which were linked to Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreaks that sickened hundreds of people in the fall of 2006. Iceberg lettuce and spinach now join meat, poultry, molluscan shellfish, and dried spices on the list of foods that can be irradiated for safety in the United States, said FDA spokesman Sebastian Cianci. The FDA action does not include other varieties of lettuce. The approval was sought by the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), formerly the National Food Processors Association, Cianci told CIDRAP News. Back in 2000, the group had petitioned for approval of irradiation for a wide range of foods, including raw vegetables and fruits. In December 2007, the GMA asked the FDA for a “partial response” covering just iceberg lettuce and spinach, Cianci said. Prepublication copy of the FDA’s Federal Register announcementhttp://www.fda.gov/OHRMS/DOCKETS/98fr/FDA-1999-F-2405-nfr.pdf See also: He said the FDA previously approved irradiation of lettuce, spinach, and some other commodities to kill insects and reduce spoilage, which involved doses lower than those used to kill microbes. He was unsure about to what extent irradiation has been used to kill insects in produce, if at all. “Irradiation is effective in reducing levels of potentially dangerous pathogens such as Salmonella and E coli and will provide an additional tool that may be helpful to protect the public from microbial hazards,” Cianci said. Jan 12, 2007, CIDRAP News story “FDA finds Taco John’s E coli strain on California farms”center_img According to an Associated Press (AP) report published today, the FDA concluded that this dose of radiation does not sterilize lettuce or spinach but is enough to “dramatically” reduce levels of E coli, Salmonella, and Listeria without impairing the safety or nutritional value of the foods. The intent is to allow irradiation both to eliminate pathogens and to extend shelf life, according to the FDA’s new rule, to be published tomorrow in the Federal Register but posted online today. The rule takes effect tomorrow. “This final rule will permit the irradiation of fresh iceberg lettuce and fresh spinach to a maximum absorbed dose of 4.0 kGy [kiloGray], which is effective in reducing microbial pathogens that have been associated with these crops in the past,” the FDA said in an e-mailed announcement. “This is not to take the place of other controls; it’s an additional pathogen-reduction method,” Cianci said. “This isn’t going to eliminate the need to wash the product. The FDA continues to recommend that consumers thoroughly wash produce uinder running water before they eat it,” said Cianci. “Pre-washed bagged produce can be used without further washing,” but not all bagged produce is pre-washed, he added. The FDA is still pondering allowing the irradiation of other kinds of produce. Cianci couldn’t predict how soon any additional approvals might come. Fresh bagged spinach grown in California was blamed for an E coli outbreak in the early fall of 2006 that involved 204 cases and three deaths. Later that fall, shredded lettuce from Taco John’s restaurants was implicated in two E coli outbreaks, one in Minnesota and Iowa and the other in several northeastern states.last_img read more

2016 Sprint Series of Texas champion is new IMCA RaceSaver tour owner, director

first_imgGREENVILLE, Texas – Last year’s tour champion is the new owner and director of the Sprint Se­ries of Texas.Jeff Day is in charge of an IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car series that visits six tracks in Texas, Okla­homa and Louisiana in 2017. The first nine of 11 tour dates are scheduled during the IMCA Speed­way Motors Weekly Racing point season.“I want to see this series thrive and continue the tradition of great Sprint Car racing in this area,” said Day. “We want to find more ways to get fans, especially the kids, involved and get more public­ity for drivers following the series.”The Sprint Series of Texas takes its own command trailer and fire trucks to each event. Kids will be part of main event draw and winner’s circle activities and one very lucky youngster will go home with a new bicycle after each SST show.Opening night is Saturday, Feb. 25 at Winona’s Rose Bowl Speedway. Also hosting SST events during the point season are Southern Oklahoma Speedway, Super Bowl Speedway, Sabine Mo­tor Speedway and 85 Speedway.Series points only will be given for Sept. 29 and 30 races at Wichita Falls Speedway and Super Bowl, respectively.All features pay $800 to win, a minimum of $200 to start and $100 to the hard charger. Non-qualifi­ers receive $100.Day, champion at the 1998 IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s, ends a weekly racing career that spans nearly three decades.“My dad raised us at the track so I’ve been around this sport all my life,” said Day, who will run a very limited schedule that includes the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Nationals in September. “With owning this series and getting to enjoy watching my sons Michael and Jeff Jr. race, not racing myself hasn’t been as hard as I thought it would be.”2017 Sprint Series of Texas schedule – Saturday, Feb. 25 at Rose Bowl Speedway, Winona; Saturday, March 25 at Southern Oklahoma Speedway, Ardmore; Friday, April 21 at Southern Okla­homa Speedway; Saturday, May 6 at Super Bowl Speedway, Greenville; Saturday, June 10 at Sabine Motor Speedway, Many, La.; Saturday, July 22 at 85 Speedway, Ennis; Saturday, Aug. 12 at Super Bowl Speedway; Saturday, Aug. 26 at 85 Speedway; Friday, Sept. 15 at Southern Oklahoma Speedway; Friday, Sept. 29 at Wichita Falls Speedway, Wichita Falls; Saturday, Sept. 30 at Super Bowl Speedway.last_img read more