« Home | Jellyfish Injections? » | International Space Station Construction Resumes » | China's Internet Bubble? » | The $100 laptop » | SanDisk's iPod-Killer? » | A Clean, Well-Wired Place »

Monday, August 21, 2006

Viruses are Safe to Eat

First, they used radiation to treat meat so it would stay fresh longer. Now, the food industry is turning to viruses, specifically bacteriophages, which are viruses that attack bacteria and not humans (hopefully). Six different viruses targeting strains of the Listeria monocytogenes bacterium have been approved by the FDA for spraying ready-to-eat meat and poultry products. The danger though is that this measure will cause the food industry to grow lax in keeping meat fresh since they might think they have more leeway in refrigeration and handling of meat products.


Send to a Friend!       Subscribe!      

    Stumble Upon Toolbar    

Comment Archive

Reader Comments:

Previous Posts

« Home