Sources of further information and advice

At present, 45 governments are members of the International Consultative Group on Food Irradiation (ICGFI) with a secretariat at Vienna, Austria (c/o IAEA, P.O. box 100, A-1400 Vienna, Austria; ICGFI has developed technical guidelines and Codes of Practice for radiation processing of food. It is an international group of experts designated by Governments to evaluate and advise on global activities of food irradiation. A few very general and introductory publications are available (Satin, 1996; Murano, 1995; World Health Organization, 1991); renowned and competent organisation have published 'position papers' (Olson, 1998; anon, 2000; anon 1999); full details of the technology are covered in multipage compendia (Josephson and Peterson, 1983; Elias and Cohen, 1977; Elias and Cohen, 1983). The crucial question of the safety of irradiated food is covered in full detail by Diehl (1995) and WHO has published the results of expert evaluations (World Health Organization, 1981, 1994 and 1999). The actual status of the technology can be determined from the proceedings of recent conferences (Loaharanu and Thomas, 1999) and from textbooks (Molins, 2001). Nor must it be forgotten that in many countries national, competent bodies have published positive judgements of the technology. Through national and international consumer organisations more information is available to the general public and it completes the picture by analysing the technology from different aspects.

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