FDA will Require All Rodale News Stories be Irradiated (for safety)

Is that true?

No. Of course its not. But why would we let facts get in the way of a good story? Rodale News doesnt. The news outlet (and I use that term generously) has published another missive railing against seafood and it starts with a huge factual inaccuracy.

I’ve got to hand it to Rodale, if you’re going to simply make up part of your narrative you might as well lead with it. In her first sentence Leah Zerbe writes, “To combat filthy conditions, the U.S. government is going to require irradiation of certain seafood favorites.”

Really Leah? The U.S. government is going to require that. Well then, that is breaking news. Except that um yeaaaa they’re not. And um yeaaaa that’s not true.

After 13 years of review the FDA has approved a petition that would allow crustaceans to be irradiated, a technology that doesn’t replace safe food handling practices but illustrates a positive step in food safety evolution.

Just like beef, chicken, pork and certain vegetables, crustaceans can now be irradiated. That’s a good thing. But, if you believe the ongoing seafood misinformation jihad propagated by Rodale, this is some type of move designed to combat filthy conditions.

It’s really too bad we can’t irradiate all future Rodale News stories, that way they would be free of Listeria, E. coli and blatant falsehoods.