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  Food irradiation - EU legislationslide

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 pdf for certain products are valid until the EU list is published later this year.



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