Call for total ban on food irradiation – from food irradiation network
Australian agricultural minister Tony Burke has banned the irradiation of cat food after 30 cats died and 90 cats became ill as a result of neurological
disorders brought on by eating irradiated cat food "Orijen". The food had been irradiated on arrival to Australia as recommended by the Australian
Quarantine Inspection Service. Orijen is exported to over 60 countries and only irradiated in Australia. Other treatments including heat treatment are available.
Dr Georgina Child, the Sydney vet that made the link between the illness and irradiated cat food, told the SMH that the ban did not go far enough. She
says, "We still don't know why this problem was unique to cats, and we are not certain why some brands of pet food are affected by irradiation and not
others." She went on to say, "What this does show is that all food that has been irradiated needs to be labelled, which isn't the case at the moment."Food Irradiation Watch are calling for a total ban on food irradiation for
both humans and animals, including animal feed. We are also asking for better and comprehensive labelling in the interim.