WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture has given the meat industry the long awaited green-light to irradiate meat products to reduce or eliminate E. coli 0157:H7 and other hazardous foodborne pathogens like Listeria monocytogenes and salmonella. Several major meat processors have already installed equipment in anticipation of the final rule, to be published in the Federal Register this week and set to take effect 60 days later. Covered under the regulations are raw and frozen meat ...

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