January 20, 2012

Why X-Rayed Food Isn’t Radioactive, And Other Puzzles


Earlier this week, we were surprised to learn that food manufacturers increasingly X-ray foods to screen for foreign objects that can break a tooth. That sounds like a good idea…But the notion of X-rayed food also sparked a lively debate in The Salt’s comments section on whether this poses a health threat…To find out, we called around to experts on radiation, food, and safety for their thoughts. First we called Kelly Classic, a radiation health physicist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and a spokeswoman for the Health Physics Society. Additional coverage: KOSU Radio (Okla)

NPR, by Nancy Shute, 1/12/2012

Tags: Mayo Clinic Rochester

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