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Friday September 23rd 2005, 11:12 am Filed under: Health Secrets
FDA Ignoring Evidence that New Chemicals Created in
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ignored growing evidence that a new class of
chemicals formed when food is irradiated could be harmful, according to a report released today by
Public Citizen and the Center for Food Safety. See www.citizen.org/document/HiddenHarm_-_PDF.pdf
The groups are urging the FDA to refrain from legalizing irradiation for any additional types of
food until the new chemicals are tested for safety.
The chemicals, called cyclobutanones, do not occur naturally anywhere on Earth. They
recently were found to cause genetic damage in rats, and genetic and cellular damage in human
and rat cells. The groups’ report, Hidden Harm, details how the FDA has ignored this unique class of chemicals,
which are created in many irradiated foods that the agency has legalized for sale in this country –
including beef, pork, chicken, lamb, eggs, mangoes and papayas. It is expected that
cyclobutanones also would be formed in many other foods the FDA is currently considering to
The organizations today also released a sworn affidavit of toxicologist William Au, who was
retained by the groups to independently review the risks posed by cyclobutanones and other
chemicals formed by irradiation that could cause genetic damage.
Along with a letter outlining numerous health concerns caused by food irradiation, the groups filed
Hidden Harm and Au’s affidavit with the FDA to oppose pending petitions to legalize irradiation
for processed foods, which comprise 37 percent of the typical American’s diet; molluscan
shellfish, such as clams and oysters; crustacean shellfish, such as lobsters and shrimp; and meat
A fifth petition seeks to double the maximum dose of radiation to which poultry can legally be
exposed. “The risk that the FDA is taking with the health of the American people cannot be
overstated,” said Wenonah Hauter, director of Public Citizen’s Critical Mass Energy and
Environment Program. “If government officials knowingly allow people to eat food that contains
these chemicals, they are courting a major public health disaster.”
Though federal regulations require the FDA to determine whether food additives proposed for
human consumption are likely to cause cancer, birth defects or other health problems, the agency
has not done so for cyclobutanones, nor have agency officials explained why they have failed to
do so. Under federal law, irradiation is considered a food additive.
Americans likely are unwittingly eating irradiated foods containing cyclobutanones.
Though most irradiated food sold in stores must be labeled, there is no such requirement for
restaurants, schools, hospitals, nursing homes and other institutional settings. And there is no
labeling requirement for foods with irradiated ingredients, except those containing irradiated meat.
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