The Canadian Cattlemen's Association is petitioning for government approval of irradiation as a tool against E. Coli in meat products. The petition is not a new one — the group sought approval 15 years ago but was rebuffed over public concerns. Mark Klassen, the group's director of technical services, says,
"Food irradiation is likely the most effective intervention remaining that we don't already use. And when you add irradiation, on top of the existing food safety system, we could essentially eliminate E.-coli-related illness from beef products."