NEW YORK -- It's taken more than two years, but retailer acceptance of irradiation appears to have jumped a major hurdle in becoming more of an everyday presence in the fresh meat case. The decision by several regional chains to begin stocking treated, fresh red meat reached a crescendo when IBP Fresh Meats announced it was introducing a line of case-ready ground beef trays, patties and chubs. IBP, a division of Springdale, Ark.-based Tyson Foods, is the nation's largest beef processor. At ...

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