The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 3, 1997 · Page 19
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 19

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18A THE PALM BEACH POST WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 3, 1997 msl FDA approves irradiation of red meat Oakbrook Square ..... fctVjfc Li: "ffeuT lloli.l.iy Big B and Concerts ucnc iriaiiis srcnesira Saturday, December 6th 2pm Seating A vailable for first 200 People Complimentary Admission and Refreslunents Featuring lb-piece orchestra playing your Big Band Favorites The panel ruled the process safely kills dangerous bacteria. By Gina Kolata The New York Times The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved the irradiation of red meat, a measure that food safety experts said could nearly eliminate dangerous bacteria that cause food poisoning from the meat supply if consumers accept it ; Dr. Michael Friedman, acting commissioner of the FDA, said the agency is satisfied that irradiation is safe, that it does not demonstrably alter the nutritional content of food, that it does not change the flavor or aroma of meat, and that it kills nearly all bacteria on meat that can sicken and kill. Companies would bombard hamburger or sausages, for example, at the end stages of processing with radiation that kills bacteria by fracturing their genetic material. But it does not make the meat radioactive. Dr. Jim Dixon, a food microbiologist at Iowa State University in Ames, said that irradiated red meat might cost an extra 3 to 6 cents a pound but that its shelf life would be extended by about 10 days. The government requires that labels specify when food has been irradiated. Irradiation is approved for poultry, in which it can kill disease-causing bacteria such as salmonella, and for fruits and vegetables in which it is used at lower doses to kill molds and fungi that cause rot. But irradiation has been slow to catch on, in part, companies say, because there has been no consumer demand for it Because the Agriculture Department must also issue regulations governing the process of irradiating red meats and the labeling, it is unlikely that irradiated meats could be available before next summer, said Jacque Knight a spokeswoman for the department Yet when it finally happens, the irradiation of meats such as ground beef, experts say, could destroy bacteria such as E. coli 0157:H7, a strain that infested hamburger meat processed by Hudson Foods last summer, making 17 people ill and forcing the plant, in Columbus, Neb., to recall 25 million pounds of ground beef in August. Other outbreaks of E. coli 0157:H7 poisoning have killed people, especially young children. Donald Thayer, a Department of Agriculture scientist who has studied irradiated foods for more than a decade, said that even if only ground beef was irradiated, "it would save lots of lives." Red meat irradiation, predicted Dr. Michael Osterholm, an epidemiologist at the Minnesota Department of Public Health in Minneapolis, will not repeat the dismal path of poultry irradiation. Instead, he said, it will pull poultry irradiation along with it as consumers start to demand that their meat be cleansed of bacteria. And so, he said, the introduction of irradiated meat will be as important to public health as the advent of pasteurized milk. The FDA's action, Osterholm said, could mark a time when, at last, major food-borne diseases will become a thing of the past. "This could be a real watershed event" he said. But Dr. Michael Jacobson, director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a consumer advocacy organization based in Washington, said he would prefer that the meat industry use other methods to keep harmful bacteria out of its products. He said he is not concerned about the safety of irradiated food but is worried that meat processors might come to rely on irradiation to sterilize food that they processed under filthy conditions. On the Corner of PGA Boulevard and US Highway One, North Palm Beach Oakbrook Square Merchant 's Association K7a Officials disappointed '2 DAYS ONLY' UGCOV, DECEMBER 3 & THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4 in outcome of election VOTE From 1A "Obviously the people want us to live within our budget," County 5 DAYS Commissioner John Bruhn said "We'll have to find a way to widen those roads with our current mon ey." J Port St. Lucie Mayor Bob Minsky said he thinks people will someday understand they made an error. "The advantages to this pro posal were very obvious if they l I 3? had tried to understand instead of taking the automatic position of r 1 no new taxes , he said. ; Port St. Lucie officials said the sales tax would allow them to save $12 million in interest payments on the community center and city hall. That money would have been used to reduce property taxes next year, they said. if . ; "People who thought they were saving money with this vote will find out they were wrong, Minsky said. Fort Pierce Mayor Edward Enns said he's disappointed with the result. "I don't see how those seven roads will be improved any time soon," Enns said. "We'll have to do the best we can when we can i With what we've got." County Administrator Doug Anderson blamed the outcome on an "overall mistrust of govern tnent" ; "We'll try to regain that trust," Anderson said. "We'll go ahead with the new projects with the new taxes approved by commis sioners this summer. t "We'll give the people regular reports on how the money is spent and hopefully gam their trust, he ri 7? n C7 C? J zJ u iyi IrJ u u n I i, nn k b p fj n pi,"n i o r y IL IL id i lid Mil U Itl b I u il - - '' : '9 ..... . - . . -.. OTfl Anvone aae 10 or older nod) will save o I Oil LUUIEJ Including Sale & Clearance Merchandise! O i fiHif 1 1 f s 4 ONLY Deo 3 stiay, u .i 7 ' said. Coins getting first change in 20 years The Associated Press j WASHINGTON The nation's change is changing. f President Clinton has approved what will be the first alteration in America's circulating coins in' two decades. On Monday, he signed legislation providing a new, gold-colored dollar coin with a distinctive edge. It will replace coins bearing the portrait of 19th century suffragist Susan B. Anthony, when they run out in about 30 months. The government will continue printing dollar bills. ; Lawmakers couldn't agree whether the new dollar coin should depict the Statue of Liberty or an actual woman or women of historical importance. They left the decision to the treasury secretary. Also, from 1999 through 2008, the American eagle on the tails side of the quarter will be replaced by five new designs a year, each commemorating a state. They will be issued in the order the states ratified the Constitution or were admitted to the union. The first five in 1999 will be Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia and Connecticut. ; Coin collectors long complained about the lack of variety. Richard J. Schwary, president of the Professional Numismatists Guild, said the new law will "put pride back in our pockets." The last change was the Anthony dollar, minted from 1979 to 1981. It fell flat with the public because it looked and felt too much like a quarter. ill GtiksG sale in progress. 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