Following a meeting with the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service and Agricultural Marketing Service, the Executive Committee of the North American Meat Processors Association reports that carcass irradiation is not moving forward within USDA. FSIS believes the petitioner has several concerns that need to be addressed.
The U.S. meat industry has long cited carcass irradiation as a viable way to fight E.coli 0157:H7 and would like to see it be used as a processing aid. But, FSIS says processing aids in general are under greater scrutiny right now, because of other recent events.
If the industry can use carcass irradiation as an aid there would be no labeling requirement.