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Food Irradiation: Principles and Applications



Food Irradiation: Principles and Applications

R. A. Molins (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-471-35634-9 May 2001 488 Pages


In 1997 the FDA approved the use of low-dose ionizing radiation to eliminate pathogens in red meat. This food processing technology can improve the safety of food and extend the shelf life of certain foods by eliminating pathogenic bacteria, parasites, and other microorganisms that cause food-borne disease. Currently, forty-two countries practice some form of food irradiation. Food Irradiation: Principles and Applications provides a comprehensive, up-to-date account of food irradiation principles, effects, applications, and limitations, including global regulatory issues and the economics of food irradiation.
Written by an international panel of scientists, this book focuses on science and technology and offers thorough coverage of the current use of food irradiation around the world. The contributors in this book present irradiation as a truly critical control point for raw, solid foods of animal origin.  Food Irradiation: Principles and Applications discusses such topics as:

-Radiation inactivation of microorganisms
-Disinfestation of stored grains, pulses, dried fruits, and nuts
-Irradiation as a quarantine treatment
-Irradiation of meat and poultry, fish and shellfish, fruits and vegetables, and tuber and bulb crops
-Radiation decontamination of spices, herbs, condiments, and other dried food ingredients
-Process control and dosimetry in food irradiation

Food professionals in both academia and industry, as well as food safety experts, food scientists, research scientists, and food processing managers, will find Food Irradiation: Principles and Applications a reliable and valuable reference.


Introduction (R. Molins).

Radiation Inactivation of Microorganisms (J. Dickson).

Food Irradiation Chemistry (E. Stewart).

Disinfestation of Stored Grains, Pulses, Dried Fruits and Nuts, and Other Dried Foods (M. Ahmed).

Irradiation as a Quarantine Treatment (G. Hallman).

Irradiation of Meats and Poultry (R. Molins).

Irradiation Processing of Fish and Shellfish Products (M. Kilgen).

Irradiation of Fruits and Vegetables (P. Thomas).

Irradiation of Tuber and Bulb Crops (P. Thomas).

Irradiation of Minimally Processed Foods (J. Farkas).

Radiation Decontamination of Spices, Herbs, Condiments, and Other Dried Food Ingredients (J. Farkas).

Combination Treatments Involving Food Irradiation (M. Patterson).

Development of Irradiated Shelf- Stable Meat and Poultry Products (D. Thayer).

Detection Methods for Irradiated Foods (E. Stewart).

Process Control and Dosimetry in Food Irradiation (D. Ehlermann).

Economic and Technical Considerations in Food Irradiation (P. Kunstadt).

Global Status of Food Irradiation in 2000 (R. Molins).

"This book responds to the need of industry researchers, and regulators to have a single source of information." (Food Trade Review, October 2001)

"A single-volume historical, technical, economic, and regulatory aspects of food irradiation." (SciTech Book News, Vol. 26, No. 2, June 2002)

"...a well organized and useful volume...very informative text that should be in any library..." (Journal of Food Quality, Vol. 25, No. 4, 2002)

"...excellent text...thorough coverage and clear presentations make this text a valuable addition..." (Journal of Food Quality, Vol. 26)