What is food irradiation?

Food Irradiation

Food irradiation is a process of treating a food to a specific dosage of ionizing radiation for a predefined length of time. This process slows or halts spoilage due to the growth of pathogens. Further applications include sprout inhibition, delay of ripening, increase of juice yield, and improvement of re-hydration.

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Some articles on food irradiation:

Nuclear Technology - Civilian Uses - Food Processing and Agriculture
... In industrial and food applications, radiation is used for sterilization of tools and equipment ... An emerging use in food production is the sterilization of food using food irradiation ... Food irradiation is the process of exposing food to ionizing radiation in order to destroy microorganisms, bacteria, viruses, or insects that might be present in the food ...
Dancing Light - Activism
... of Energy's plans to build a demonstration irradiation facility in Gainesville, Florida ... Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to build a food irradiation facility in Gainesville, Florida, using radioactive caesium-137 ... of radioactive caesium-137 in a demonstration food irradiation facility ...
Walter M. Urbain - Career
... he taught physics and chemistry, and also focused his research on food irradiation ... Urbain's breakthrough findings led him to the forefront of food science, consulting on projects for the US government and acting as lead consultant to the ... Urbain also helped kick start the food irradiation program at the United Nations, namely the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Health ...
Regulation of Food Irradiation in Consumer Products - Other and International Regulation
... Zealand, Australia, Thailand, India, and Mexico, have permitted the irradiation of fresh fruits for fruit fly quarantine purposes, amongst others ... Alimentarius Standard on Irradiated Food without any reservation or restriction i.e ... any food may be irradiated to any dose ...

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