Wednesday, April 4, 2007

FDA May Ease Rules on Irradiated-Food Labels

The Food and Drug Administration yesterday proposed relaxing its rules on the labeling of irradiated foods. It suggested that it may allow some products zapped with radiation to be called "pasteurized."

The FDA said the proposed rule would require companies to label irradiated food only when the radiation treatment causes a material change to the product, such as to taste, texture, smell or shelf life.

To use the term "pasteurized" to describe irradiated foods, companies would have to show that the radiation kills germs as well as pasteurization does. Pasteurization typically involves heating a product to a high temperature and cooling it rapidly.

The proposal would also let companies petition the agency to use additional alternate terms other than "irradiated."

FDA will accept public comments on the proposal for 90 days.

CEO Pleads Not Guilty In India Weapons Case

The chief executive of an electronics supply company pleaded not guilty to charges that he shipped U.S. computer technology to India for use in missiles and other weapon systems.

Parthasarathy Sudarshan was ordered held pending a bail hearing tomorrow. Prosecutors said he worked closely with Indian government officials to ship heat-resistant memory chips, microprocessors and other equipment to government agencies in that country, in violation of Commerce Department restrictions.

U.S. Missile Defense in Europe to Move Ahead

The United States will forge ahead with plans for a missile defense system in Eastern Europe even if Russia remains staunchly opposed to the plan, a Pentagon official said.

The Bush administration will not allow Russia "to dictate what we do bilaterally with other countries," said Eric S. Edelman, undersecretary of defense for policy.

The U.S. plan would put a radar system in the Czech Republic and about 10 missile interceptors in Poland to guard against potential missile attacks.

-- From News Services

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