Statement summarising the Conclusions and Recommendations from the Opinions on the Safety of Irradiation of Food adopted by the BIOHAZ and CEF Panels

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Article
EFSA Journal 2011;9(4):2107 [155 pp.].
doi
10.2903/j.efsa.2011.2107
European Food Safety Authority
Contact
cef-unit@efsa.europa.eu
Type
Statement of EFSA
On Request From
EFSA
Question Number
EFSA-Q-2011-00015
EFSA-Q-2011-00026
Approved
29 March 2011
Published
6 April 2011
Affiliation
European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), Parma, Italy
Note
Article (1.78 MB)1.78 MB
Summary

Following a request from the European Commission, the Panel on Biological Hazards (BIOHAZ Panel) and the Panel on Food Contact Materials, Enzymes, Flavourings and Processing Aids (CEF) were asked to deliver scientific opinions on the safety of irradiation of certain food products. Using the previous opinions of the Scientific Committee on Food (SCF) on irradiation of food, the two Panels were asked to establish whether the food classes/commodities and doses specified in those opinions are still up-to-date to ensure consumer safety.

The BIOHAZ and the CEF Panels adopted in 2010 two distinct scientific opinions replying to that request. The current EFSA statement provides a summary of the conclusions and recommendations of both the scientific opinion of the BIOHAZ Panel on “the efficacy and microbiological safety of irradiation of food” (BIOHAZ opinion), adopted on 22 September 2010, and the scientific opinion of the CEF Panel on “the chemical safety of irradiation of food” (CEF opinion), adopted on 25 November 2010.

Keywords
Food irradiation, efficacy, microbiological safety, food-borne pathogens, chemical food safety, radiolytic products, 2-alkylcyclobutanone, hydrocarbon, radiation dose
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Number of Pages
155