|TELL GIANT YOU WON'T BE DECEIVED!|
Giant Food Inc. is the first supermarket chain in the DC area to
carry irradiated ground beef. They attempt to calm consumer anxiety
about irradiation, but despite their marketing claims, consumers
should be wary.
Facts on Irradiation
** Irradiation exposes food to a dose of ionizing radiation that is
equivalent to millions of chest x-rays.
** Irradiation destroys vitamins, essential fatty acids and other
nutrients in food.
** Irradiation disrupts the chemical composition of everything - not
just harmful bacteria. It creates chemicals called "radiolytic
products" that do not occur naturally in food and that the FDA has
never studied for safety.
** Research dating to the 1950s has revealed a wide range of problems
in animals that ate irradiated food, including premature death, a
rare form of cancer, stillbirths, genetic damage, organ malfunctions,
low weight gain and vitamin deficiencies.
** Irradiation can kill most bacteria in food, but does not remove
the feces and other filth that carries this bacteria, thereby masking
and encouraging filthy conditions in slaughterhouses and food
What Can You Do?
** Vote with your food dollars - don't buy irradiated ground beef!
** Write to Giant and tell them to stop carrying irradiated meat and
keep imported irradiated fruits and vegetables off their shelves!
(for a sample letter go to
** Call 888-4-MyGiant (DC, MD, VA) or 888-MySuperG (DE, NJ) to voice
** Write a letter to the editor explaining the problems with irradiated food!
** Flyer at a local store to raise awareness in your community!
(contact Public Citizen at 202-546-4996 for flyers)