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Food irradiation: a public health opportunity.
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PMID:  10737840     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Public health scientists have had an interest in food irradiation for a hundred years and more. The first investigations occurred within a few years of the discovery of x-ray and short wavelength by the German physicist Roentgen, in 1895. German and French scientists carried on studies on pasteurization of food by radiation until 1914 and the war years. The problem was an unacceptable taste following irradiation. In 1921, the x-ray was reported by the scientists of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to be effective in killing Trichinella cysts in pork and that it could kill disease-causing organisms and halt food spoilage.
J H Steele
Publication Detail:
Type:  Editorial    
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of infectious diseases : IJID : official publication of the International Society for Infectious Diseases     Volume:  4     ISSN:  1201-9712     ISO Abbreviation:  Int. J. Infect. Dis.     Publication Date:  2000  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-05-03     Completed Date:  2000-05-03     Revised Date:  2009-11-19    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9610933     Medline TA:  Int J Infect Dis     Country:  CANADA    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  62-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
The University of Texas-Houston, School of Public Health, Houston, TX 77225, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Food Irradiation* / methods,  standards
Food Microbiology
Food Preservation / methods
Foodborne Diseases / prevention & control*
Public Health*
Public Policy
United States
United States Department of Agriculture
United States Food and Drug Administration
World Health Organization
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Int J Infect Dis. 2000;4(2):67-9   [PMID:  10737841 ]

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