Directive 1999/2/EC – general - approximating EU countries' laws;
Directive 1999/3/EC - implementing - EU list of irradiated food and food ingredients;
EU countries must use validated or standardised analytical methods to detect irradiated foods.
Foods & food ingredients authorised for irradiation in the EU
Currently, these are:
- Fruit and vegetables including root vegetables;
- Cereals, cereal flakes, rice flour;
- Spices, condiments;
- Fish, shellfish;
- Fresh meats, poultry, frog legs;
- Raw milk camembert;
- Gum arabic, casein/caseinates, egg white;
- Blood products.
National authorisations for certain products are valid until the EU list is published later this year.