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USDA Schedules Public Meeting on AMI Petition to Use Low Dose Irradiation as Beef Processing Aid

Friday, August 22, 2008

(American Meat Institute)

The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has scheduled a public meeting on what action it should take with respect to a petition from the American Meat Institute which requests that FSIS recognize the use of low penetration and low dose electron beam irradiation on the surface of chilled beef carcasses as a processing aid.  The petition was submitted in 2005.  The meeting will be held September 18, 2008, at a "to be announced" location.

Individuals interested in attending the meeting are required to register at
http://www.fsis.usda.gov/news_&_events/reg_irradiation_091808/index.asp.

The July 8, 2005, petition, titled "Citizens Petition To Recognize the Use of E-Beam on Carcasses as a Processing Aid," filed by the American Meat Institute is posted at
http://www.fsis.usda.gov/PDF/Petition_Carcass_Surface_Irrad.pdf.

The agenda for the September 18, 2008, FSIS "Low Dose Irradiation in Beef" meeting is posted at
http://www.fsis.usda.gov/news_&_events/agenda_irradiation_091808/index.asp.

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