Food Irradiation Research and Technology

Food Irradiation Research and Technology

Editor(s): Christopher H. Sommers, Xuetong Fan

Published Online: 30 NOV 2007

Print ISBN: 9780813808826

Online ISBN: 9780470277638

DOI: 10.1002/9780470277638

About this Book

The benefits of food irradiation to the public health have been described extensively by organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the U.S. and the World Health Organization. The American Medical Association and the American Dietetic Association have both endorsed the irradiation process. Yet the potential health benefits of irradiation are unknown to many consumers and food industry representatives who are wary of irradiated foods due to myth-information from "consumer-advocate" groups.

Food Irradiation Research and Technology presents the latest scientific findings of researchers at the leading edge of food irradiation. In this book, experts from industry, government, and academia:

  • define the basic principles of irradiation and the public health benefits of irradiation
  • describe advances in irradiation technology, detection technology, and radiation dosimetry
  • review the regulations pertaining to food irradiation and the toxicological safety data
  • provide food industry representatives and public health officials with effective methodologies to educate consumers and counteract misinformation
  • review recent advances in the irradiation of meat and poultry, fruits and vegetables, seafood, and the use of irradiation as a phytosanitary treatment

Food Irradiation Research and Technology appeals to a broad readership: industry food scientists involved in the processing of meat and fish, fruits and vegetables; food microbiologists and radiation processing specialists; government and industry representatives involved in the import and export of food commodities; and industry, local, and state officials involved in educational efforts regarding food irradiation.

Food scientists and technologists share a responsibility to ensure that educational materials provided to the public regarding food safety and processing technologies are based on sound science and fact, not on misconceptions. Food Irradiation Research and Technology meets that goal.

Table of contents

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    2. Chapter 4

      Toxicological Safety of Irradiated Foods (pages 43–61)

      Christopher H. Sommers, Henry Delincée, J. Scott Smith and Eric Marchioni

    3. Chapter 12

      Ionizing Radiation of Eggs (pages 199–219)

      I. Álvarez, B. A. Niemira, X. Fan and C. H. Sommers

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