28 March 2016
Food Standards Australia New Zealand Food Standards Australia New Zealand
Submission on Rec 34: Review required labelling of irradiated foods
FSANZ will acknowledge that FSANZ and the Food Forum have already approved 24 fruits and vegetables for radiation energy exposure of at least 1.5 million chest x-rays: apple, apricot, bread fruit, capsicum, carambola, cherry, custard apple, honeydew, litchi, longan, mango, mangosteen, nectarine, papaya (paw paw), peach, persimmon, plum, rambutan, rockmelon, scallopini, strawberry, table grape, tomato, zucchini (courgette). It is understood that blueberries and raspberries are also being considered for irradiation.
These foods cover a substantial range of the fresh foods consumed in the daily diet. What child does not take an apple to school in his/her lunch box or eat sandwiches spread with jam made from plums, apricots, berries or other fruits? How often do tomatoes or capsicums go into a salad, or any of the above fruits go into a fruit salad or other fruit dish?
Removing mandatory labelling of irradiated foods denies consumers the right of choice as to whether they ingest those foods or fresh non-irradiated foods, and whether or not to feed them to the most vulnerable in society, infants and children.