National Environmental
Health Association Position on

Responsible Irradiation of Foods

Adopted July 1999



Therefore, be it resolved that:

  1. the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) strongly supports food irradiation with appropriate disposal of the radiation source;
  2. FDA and USDA should be encouraged to expand food irradiation approval to include processed meat and poultry products; and
  3. NEHA encourages state and local public health officials publicly to support the expansion of the food irradiation process on a national and international level.

In furtherance of the objective supported by this resolution, this statement will be addressed to appropriate committee chairs of the U.S. Congress; appropriate officials of FDA and USDA; appropriate peer professional and scientific organizations such as the Environmental Council of the States; the Association of Food and Drug Officials of the United States; the Association of State Agricultural Officials; the American Medical Association; the American Public Health Association; the International Association of Milk, Food, and Environmental Sanitarians; Underwriters Laboratories; state food and consumer protection supervisors; the National Association of County and City Health Officials; the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials; and others as appropriate, including the news media.