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What is food irradiation?

Michael T. Murray, ND
Naturopathic Medicine

Food irradiation involves the use of ionizing radiation on foods, either packaged or in bulk form, usually in the form of gamma rays from radioactive materials. The radiation is used to delay the ripening and extend the shelf life of fruits; destroy harmful bacteria in fresh meat, poultry, and other foods; and inhibit the sprouting of certain vegetables such as potatoes, primarily to destroy microorganisms. Food irradiation does not make the food radioactive.

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