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High-dose irradiation: wholesomeness of food irradiated with doses above 10 kGy. Report of a Joint FAO/IAEA/WHO Study Group.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10524010     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This report presents the recommendations of an international group of experts convened by the World Health Organization, in association with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the International Atomic Energy Agency to consider the implications of food irradiated to doses higher than those recommended in 1980 by the Joint Expert Committee on the Wholesomeness of Irradiated Food. Irradiation ensures the hygienic quality of food and extends shelf-life. The public perception of the safety of food irradiation has generally precluded its widespread use. However, current applications of food irradiation to doses over 10 kGy have been in the development of high-quality shelf-stable convenience foods for specific target groups such as immunosuppressed individuals and those under medical care, astronauts and outdoor enthusiasts. The Study Group reviewed data relating to the toxicological, nutritional, radiation chemical and physical aspects of food irradiated to doses above 10 kGy from a wide range and number of studies carried out over the last forty years. This report presents a comprehensive summary, along with references, of the effectiveness and safety of the irradiation process. It concludes that foods treated with doses greater than 10 kGy can be considered safe and nutritionally adequate when produced under established Good Manufacturing Practice.
Publication Detail:
Type:  Technical Report    
Journal Detail:
Title:  World Health Organization technical report series     Volume:  890     ISSN:  0512-3054     ISO Abbreviation:  World Health Organ Tech Rep Ser     Publication Date:  1999  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-11-09     Completed Date:  1999-11-09     Revised Date:  2009-11-19    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7903212     Medline TA:  World Health Organ Tech Rep Ser     Country:  SWITZERLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  i-vi, 1-197     Citation Subset:  IM; S    
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MeSH Terms
Food / standards*
Food Irradiation / methods,  standards*
Food Microbiology / standards
Food Packaging
Food-Processing Industry / standards*
Foodborne Diseases / prevention & control*
Nutritional Physiological Phenomena

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