Saskatchewan cattlemen are supporting a regulatory change proposed by Health Canada next month to approve the sale of irradiated ground beef.
The department says fresh and frozen ground beef will be added to a list of foods already permitted to undergo radiation treatment to prevent the spread of bacteria.
Ryder Lee is the chief executive officer of the Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association.
He says cattlemen have been pushing for irradiation for several years.
Lee is not worried about consumer reaction, saying irradiation is another tool available to processors to reduce the threat of bacteria in food.