AuthorNg, Kwok Wah, 1957-
AdvisorWacks, Morton E.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThe application of ionizing radiation as a preservation method for food is described and examined. The prospects and problems of introducing radiation technology for food preservation are discussed under the following aspects: (1) technical feasibilities; (2) irradiator design requirements; (3) facilities' cost analysis, and (4) legislation. Within the specified limits, ionizing radiation provides an efficacious food preservation treatment which will not lead to radioactivity induction or prejudice the safety and wholesomeness of the food. A brief introduction and description of the design approach of an industrial scale irradiator is given with an illustrative example. Assessments of the cost of radiation treatment of food of some commercially available irradiators are cited and analyzed. The international regulatory efforts and the present status of clearance, standardization and legislation of food irradiation is reviewed and discussed. It is concluded that food irradiation is ready for commercial applications and could be effectively regulated by pertinent health and safety authorities.
Degree ProgramGraduate College