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food irradiation

[′füd i‚rā·dē¦ā·shən]
(food engineering)
The treatment of fresh or processed foods with ionizing radiation that inactivates biological contaminants (insects, molds, parasites, or bacteria), rendering foods safe to consume and extending their storage lifetime.
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In fact, the PNRI's part-time facility can meet only a tiny part of the tremendous commercial demand, and has had to reject numerous requests for food irradiation.
Food irradiation is the process where food is exposed to ionizing radiation in order to improve its safety and quality.
According to the International Consultative Group on Food Irradiation (a joint FAO/International Atomic Energy Association initiative), "Over the past thirty years, there have been a few major accidents at industrial irradiation facilities that caused injury or death to workers because of accidental exposure to a lethal dose of radiation.
food irradiation trends and issues continue, so will the adoption by the industry and its consumers.
Food irradiation is being pushed by industry; they aren't doing it for our benefit, but for their bottom lines.
San Diego-based food irradiation provider Surebeam had declared bankruptcy, closing four plants nationwide and making it difficult for companies like Omaha Steaks who wanted ground beef irradiated to find a local provider.
Applications of this immediate "yes/no" indicator of gamma exposure include food irradiation and the sterilization of medical and surgical products.
The Center for Food Safety reviewed studies on food irradiation published in scientific journals.
The controversy around food irradiation boils down to struggles over acceptable health risks and the type of food system we want to encourage.
Food irradiation is a proven, beneficial method of improving the safety of the food supply and poses no human health threat.
In response to an increased use of food irradiation technology in Australia the public interest group Food Irradiation Watch is organising a speaking tour of east coast centres to highlight the risks and impacts of this controversial technique.
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