food irradiation

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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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Nonthermal techniques discussed include active packaging, ozone treatment, electronic pasteurization, high- pressure processing, and pulsed electric fields.
Before processors sell products that have been treated by electronic pasteurization techniques, they may want to know how double packaging systems will reduce odors caused by irradiating meat.
Do you want to consume something that's been exposed to 1 kGy of radiation in the process of "electronic pasteurization" or "cold pasteurization?" While evidence suggests that this has no adverse effect on the quality of safety of food stocks, the public clearly has the right to know.
The cooperative also does a brisk mail order business with rambutans and longans which are picked, packed, treated with Sure Beam electronic pasteurization to meet federal export requirements and shipped the same day to ensure fresh Hawaiian fruit.
Several food industry groups and other food irradiation proponents are seeking to change the labeling requirements and to allow the use of words such as "cold pasteurization" or "electronic pasteurization" instead of "irradiation" or "radiation," which sound so much like the dreaded "radioactive."
Congress recently passed a bill that would allow stores to label irradiated products as being treated with "electronic pasteurization." Groups like Public Citizen, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) and the Organic Consumers Association feel this term is misleading.
Our Texas A&M Institute of Food Science and Engineering is partnering with Surebeam, which has provided funding for a research facility on our campus to address promising electronic pasteurization applications in the food industry.
So far, the FDA and USDA have approved the company's electronic pasteurization process for raw meats, fruits and vegetables, which helps to reduce the spread of foodborne diseases, and are reviewing applications on pre-cooked, ready-to-eat foods.
In addition, Titan's subsidiary SureBeam markets the leading technology for the electronic pasteurization of food products and Titan is continually identifying promising technologies suitable for commercialization.
In addition, Titan's SureBeam subsidiary markets the technology for the electronic pasteurization of food products and Titan is continually identifying promising technologies suitable for commercialization.
-- are calling their process "cold pasteurization" or "electronic pasteurization." Actual pasteurization uses ordinary heat, not ionized beams, and the activist groups want the FTC to declare the pasteurization claims false advertising and haltthem.
The two groups, Public Citizen and The Center for Food Safety, complained to the FTC that five of eight U.S.-based companies that make irradiation equipment falsely characterize the government-approved process as "cold pasteurization" or "electronic pasteurization".
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