Food Irradiation

LIMITS OF FOOD IRRADIATION

While food irradiation can reduce the risk of some illnesses and lower food costs by reducing spoilage, it has several limitations:

• It cannot improve food that has already started to deteriorate.

• It does not remove toxins such as botulism.

• It may increase levels of free radicals – which are linked to ageing and cancer – in food.

• It destroys protective micro-organisms which may inhibit the growth of any harmful bacteria that survive irradiation.

• Not all foods are suitable for irradiation: avocados, cantaloupes, pears, plums and some citrus fruits are degraded by ionizing radiation.

17. October 2013 by admin
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