Retail opinions are mixed as to what the Food and Drug Administration's approval of irradiation for red meat will mean in the real world of meat retailing. Irradiation proponents and nay-sayers from the retail community expressed a wide range of concerns in interviews shortly after the approval was announced, including when and how much irradiated meat might actually be available to retailers and how consumers can be better educated about its benefits and drawbacks. The issues of cost, ...

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