Pork FAQs

Is irratidation used in pork processing?

By Bob Oros

Irradiation has been approved for use on pork by FDA and USDA/FSIS in low-doses (to control trichina).

Treated pork would not be sterile and would still need to be handled safely. Trichinella could be alive but would be unable to reproduce. Packages of irradiated pork must be labeled with the irradiation logo as well as the words "Treated with Irradiation" or "Treated by Irradiation" so they would be easily recognizable at the store.