food irradiation

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The use of low levels—e.g., < 1 mrad—of ionizing radiation to retard spoilage, so named as it has the same effect as pasteurisation—i.e., it improves shelf life and inactivates bacteria that cause food spoilage

food irradiation

The preservation of foods with ionizing radiation. Radiation extends the shelf life of foods by decreasing the number of germs and insects present in them. The process is expensive and has met with considerable resistance from consumers.
See also: irradiation

food irradiation

Deliberate exposure of food to strong ionizing radiation, such as gamma rays, to kill bacteria and insect pests and delay natural changes. Irradiation does not eliminate bacterial poisons (toxins) already formed or kill viruses, but irradiation of food tightly sealed in a suitable container, such as a polythene bag, will kill contained bacteria and further contamination does not occur. Food irradiation by gamma rays does not induce radioactivity; the effects are chemical only and may include changes in flavour and some loss of vitamins.
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FACT: SureBeam's electronic pasteurization technology does for food what milk pasteurization did for milk: stop the spread of foodborne disease.
San Diego-based SureBeam Corp., innovator of the nation's first electronic pasteurization system, has signed an agreement with Excel Corp., the second largest meat processor in North America, to engineer, manufacture, and install electronic pasteurization systems for two of Excel's processing facilities.
If there is an environmentally friendly irradiation technology, electronic pasteurization is it.
Their concern is that companies are describing the process of irradiating food as "electronic pasteurization," although they say the process actually involves ionizing electricity or radiation.
In addition, Titan's SureBeam (Nasdaq: SURE) subsidiary markets the leading technology for the electronic pasteurization of food products and Titan is continually identifying promising technologies suitable for commercialization.
They want to call the process by such euphemisms as 'cold pasteurization' and 'electronic pasteurization'--terms designed to mislead consumers."
"Electronic pasteurization allows Hawaii to export to the mainland," says PMA's Means.
Titan's electronic pasteurization process utilizes the company's SureBeam electron beam system that can effectively eliminate the threat of E.
In addition, Titan markets the leading technology for the electronic pasteurization of food products and is continually identifying promising technologies suitable for commercialization.
It's been researched for more that 50 years," says Don Segal, vice president, sales and marketing, SureBeam Corp., San Diego, Calif., a subsidiary of Titan Corp., which partnered with Huisken Meats to introduce frozen ground beef patties treated with SureBeam's electronic pasteurization technology.
-- innovator of the nation's first electronic pasteurization system for food -- praised FDA's egg irradiation approval.
"The issue is that people are dying," says Don Segal, vice president, sales and marketing, SureBeam Corp., San Diego, Calif., a subsidiary of Titan Corp., which partnered with Huisken Meats to introduce frozen ground beef patties treated with SureBeam's electronic pasteurization technology.

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