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Using Nuclear Science in Food Irradiation

Producer: Joint FAO/IAEA Division of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture (NAFA)

Food Irradiation involves shining electromagnetic radiation like X-rays and gamma rays or electron beams onto food to maintain food quality, kill harmful bacteria and control insects. The technique destroys microorganisms that can cause illness or food to decay. Not only does it reduce the risk of food poisoning, it can also extend the shelf life of food products.

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