Accession Number:

AD0287007

Title:

COMPONENTS OF IONIZED IRRADIATED MEATS INJURIOUS TO REPRODUCTION

Descriptive Note:

Progress rept.

Corporate Author:

CORNELL UNIV ITHACA NY

Report Date:

1962-07-15

Pagination or Media Count:

6.0

Abstract:

During the first reproductive cycle females fed the control beef diet showed slightly better performance by all measures than those fed irradiated beef and they weaned more live pups. The differences are not large and may disappear as the experiment progresses. Some of the females were bred and whelped a second time and others are expected soon. No differences in general health are evident to date, and no anatomical abnormalities were seen among stillborn pups. After one year of age the males on the experimental diets were checked for sperm production and characteristics, and were used for breeding with non-experimental females in the kennel to check their breeding behavior an fertility. To date, 1 of 4 male dogs on each diet has exhibited abnormally low sperm counts, and one male on irradiated beef, while showing normal sperm counts and mobility, has refused to mate. These 3 dogs may become normal with more maturity. No important dietary distinction is indicated at present.

Subject Categories:

  • Food, Food Service and Nutrition

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE