Irradiation could stop spread of mad cow disease

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To the Editor:

In view of recent concerns regarding mad cow disease and E coli bacteria, I have a few questions.

Would irradiation rid meat of bacteria, viruses and parasites? If so, should this become a standard practice of meat industries in the U.S.?

With the mass processing and distribution of meat products, would this be a logical protection for the public?

I'm not an expert on this subject, but

I'm sure some readers of this

publication are.

Steve Hagerman,

Grand Junction

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