Comments on: Sunny side up: why eggs are safer in Europe Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:57:19 +0000 hourly 1 By: AndreasJ Mon, 30 Aug 2010 20:19:05 +0000 Using ionizing radiation to preserve certain food stuffs are permitted in both EU and the US. In both EU and US radiated food has to be labeled.

Radiation of food in the EU may only be authorized if:

there is a reasonable technological need;
it presents no health hazard;
it is of benefit to the consumers;
it is not used as a substitute for hygiene and health practices or for good manufacturing or agricultural practice;

Any food irradiated as such or containing irradiated food ingredients has to be labelled
A favourable opinion of the Scientific Committee on Food (SCF) is needed to place a specific food item on the EU-wide list of products authorised for irradiation.

To claim that EU rely on radiation for preservation of food is exaggerated.

By: TogaParty Mon, 30 Aug 2010 19:37:43 +0000 Although I agree with the person who posted about how Americans should educate themselves, I disagree with some of the follow up points.

I think it’s atrocious that we routinely sell diseased eggs and meat in America, enough so that “cook it thoroughly” becomes the mantra. Do we really need to move into a time in American history when we can’t eat a sunny side up egg lest we contract a potentially deadly disease?

Everyone should know how to cook, but having good, clean sources of food is equally important.

By: ruminations Mon, 30 Aug 2010 16:00:14 +0000 I’d like to expand on earlier comments by OldQuote. To summarize, the gist is that we Americans need to be more self reliant and self educated and less government dependent in matters of food safety. I am not writing in disagreement, but since it is a view seemingly widely held, following its inevitable, logical consequences is called for.

Cooking eggs adequately is thoroughly sensible advice. But my ice cream (and other food products) have raw egg components. I don’t like to cook my ice cream, so no more ice cream. Milk may have PCP’s and they don’t cook away. Milk products be gone. Fruits and veggies may have toxic pesticide residues. Away with fruits and veggies. Table salt could have lead. Away with any foods containing salt. Meat may contain spongiform encephalopathies resistant to heat. Out with the meat and meat byproducts. Cadmium in rice? No rice. Grrr, I didn’t plant a garden this year and I’m getting hungry.

The problem is that in the absence of enforced food safety regulation, 99.8% of Americans have no clue to the provenance of the food they ingest. And no feasible way of finding out or testing the food. So unless we are prepared to each grow our own food, we had better hope and clamour for stringent, effective government food safety oversight or prepare to live short toxic lives.

By: JackK Mon, 30 Aug 2010 14:48:40 +0000 You mention that Europeans don’t like using antimicrobials to kill bacteria, and that’s quite true. You should also mention that instead, Europeans rely on radiating their food to kill their microbes. It’s more effective, and it doesn’t leave the least bit of residual radiation on their food at all. See how well that flies in San Francisco.

By: wickii Mon, 30 Aug 2010 13:07:36 +0000 The market wants to be free ….free to screw you for all it can at any cost or risk…

By: barkinbob Mon, 30 Aug 2010 12:46:34 +0000 yeah i know i am the first on to say the government is corrupt….but certain things need to be done by government, corporations arent the solution….big business deciding everything isnt the solution.

By: GA_Chris Mon, 30 Aug 2010 10:40:28 +0000 and this is just eggs… Try working out where a steak comes from in the US, and what is in it???
I was just in Europe, and in Asda (owned by Walmart) meat actually had the farm address on it, so that consumers could check out the place online if they wanted

By: jstaf Sun, 29 Aug 2010 19:07:10 +0000 For all of you that are against government agencies that protect us from evil guys like the owners of the egg farm that produced this poison and unleashed it on consumers, have a nice breakfast.

By: OldQuote Sat, 28 Aug 2010 13:51:25 +0000 Cook your food well, just like your mommy taught you to.
The government does not need to take on the role of mommy and daddy to the public. Far too many people today are looking for just that and they need to kicked out of the nest and told go grow up. Educate yourself because the government provided education will lead you into the dependency role. Now get out from behind that apron, stand up on your own hind legs, and learn to take care of yourself. Lest we all become like those caged or barn chickens.

By: WittgensteinIII Sat, 28 Aug 2010 00:36:13 +0000 The FDA needs more recall authority. You know this “free market” obsession has gone on long enough when we start being poisoned.