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Water quality concerns and acceptance of irradiated food: a pilot study on Mexican consumers.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20648528     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
BACKGROUND: Poor quality irrigation water is a major cause of disease transmission for urban inhabitants consuming fresh produce in many developing countries. Irradiation of food is an alternative approach to reducing health risks for consumers, but its implementation depends heavily on consumer acceptance.
RESULTS: In this pilot study, we show that most respondents consider the water quality of Mexico City to be poor and a health risk, and would be willing to pay for irradiated food as a means of pasteurizing fresh iceberg lettuce.
CONCLUSION: Irradiated food could, potentially, be accepted in developing countries that have problems with water quality. Such acceptance would presumably be due to the perception that such a novel technology would (1) alleviate water impairment, and (2) lead to economic improvement. It is then possible that the public considers that water quality is a more pressing concern than any potential side effects of food irradiation.
Authors:
Alonso Aguilar Ibarra; Armando Sanchez Vargas; Rodolfo M Nayga
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the science of food and agriculture     Volume:  90     ISSN:  1097-0010     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Sci. Food Agric.     Publication Date:  2010 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-09-16     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376334     Medline TA:  J Sci Food Agric     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  2342-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright © 2010 Society of Chemical Industry.
Affiliation:
Instituto de Investigaciones Economicas, UNAM, Circuito Mario de la Cueva, Ciudad Universitaria, Mexico City DF 04510, Mexico. aaibarra@unam.mx
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