In Brussels November 24th, 2004
Good food doesn’t
the occasion of the international week of action against
food irradiation, we, organisations defending the consumers’
right and public health, struggling in favour of the
environment and advocating for responsible and fair
trade system reiterate our opposition to food irradiation.
We support the international food irradiation campaign
and the actions that have or will take place in Australia,
Brazil, the United States, the Philippines and Canada
to oppose the spread of irradiated food.
food is of no interest for the consumers. On the contrary,
several problems and threats are linked to food irradiation:
• According to recent studies, irradiation produces
new compounds (alkylcyclobutanones) in food that have
been linked to cancer promotion and genetic damage in
rats and human cells;
• Irradiation destroys vitamins. As the shelf
life increases, even more nutrients are lost;
• Food irradiation is often used as a substitute
for good sanitary practices;
• Irradiation, by increasing the shelf life of
food, encourages wasteful and costly transportation
of food and delocalisation of production.
• The European council to consider the list of
food that can be irradiated, voted on by the European
Parliament in December 2002, as closed;
• The European Commission to allocate more research
fundings on the toxicity of alkylcyclobutanones, as
recommended by SCFS;
• The European Commission to give no new accreditation
for irradiation facilities until food irradiation is
scientifically proved to be safe; the Commission should
neither accept new accreditation for facilities within
the European union (for example it should not give an
agreement for the facility in Hungary) nor in third
countries (as in Turkey);
• WHO to withdraw its endorsement of food irradiation
at any dose and to proceed to new research independently
from the International Agency on Atomic Energy. The
1959 agreement between WHO and IAEA should be cancelled.
European Food Irradiation Campaign: Morgan Ody, 0032
218 22 42, firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information, please look at our website: www.irradiation.info/
The organisations taking
part to the European Food Irradiation Campaign are:
European level organisations: Public Citizen Europe,
Alliance of Social and Ecological Consumer Organisations
United Kingdom: The Food Commission
Denmark: Active Consumers Denmark.
Italy: Federconsumatori, Legamambiente, AIAB, Movimento
dei Consumatori, ACU.
Organisations taking part to the french campaign: Confédération
Paysanne, MDRGF, Amis de la Terre, Fédération
Nature et Progrès, Réseau Sortir du Nucléaire,
CRiiRAD, Biocoop, Action Consommation.