SUREBEAM LEAVING RETAILERS IN THE COLD

SAN DIEGO -- Supermarket companies selling irradiated ground beef are searching the horizon for a gamma ray of hope after SureBeam Corp., the nation's primary irradiator of ground beef, declared Chapter 7 bankruptcy and ceased operations last week.The bankruptcy, amid allegations of mismanagement and an investigation by federal regulators, is seen by many as a temporary setback in a fledgling category

SAN DIEGO -- Supermarket companies selling irradiated ground beef are searching the horizon for a gamma ray of hope after SureBeam Corp., the nation's primary irradiator of ground beef, declared Chapter 7 bankruptcy and ceased operations last week.

The bankruptcy, amid allegations of mismanagement and an investigation by federal regulators, is seen by many as a temporary setback in a fledgling category that retailers have expressed keen interest in.

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