Irradiated food has been bombarded with ionizing radiation to help sterilize it and extend its shelf life. This radiation treatment kills harmful bacteria and destructive insects - and can eliminate the need to use chemical sprays. Some people mistakenly believe that irradiated foods are radioactive. Just as radiation does not remain in microwaved foods, radiation does not remain in irradiated foods. Many leading health organizations say that irradiated foods pose no serious health risks.
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