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

EFSA Journal 2011;9(4):2107 [155 pp.]. doi:10.2903/j.efsa.2011.2107
European Food Safety Authority Contact
Type: Statement of EFSA On request from: EFSA Question number: EFSA-Q-2011-00015 , EFSA-Q-2011-00026 Approved: 29 March 2011 Published: 06 April 2011 Affiliation: European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), Parma, Italy

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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.


Food irradiation, efficacy, microbiological safety, food-borne pathogens, chemical food safety, radiolytic products, 2-alkylcyclobutanone, hydrocarbon, radiation dose