Food irradiation By:Steve Theil, Nick Zinni, Kiarra Keller, Shyla Woodworth Why Irradiate food? Prevention of Foodborne illness Preservation Control of insects Delay of Sprouting Sterilization How is food Irradiation Gamma Rays X Ray which are produced by reflecting a high energy stream. Electron beam Foods that have been approved for irradiation. lettuce Scallops pork mussels-oysters,clams fruits spinach Cons ● Takes essential nutrients out of food that people need. ● costs consumers more at the store to buy these foods. ● irradiation uses radioactive materials such as cesium-137 and cobalt-60 which can cause injury or even death to workers at irradiation plants. ● the more irradiated foods that are made the more plants that will be built and the more likelihood of a serious accident in transport, operation, and disposal of nuclear materials ● food irradiation plants have already contaminated the environment Pros Protect food from viruses Makes food last longer and not spoil provides nutrients Resource "U.S Food and Drug Administration ." Food Facts. U.S Department of Health and Human Services , 3 July 14. Web. 20 Oct 2014. "UW Food Irradiation Education Group." The Facts . UW Food Irradiation Education Group. Web. 20 Oct 2014. Lesnett, Adrienne. "Mrs Lesnett's sophomore english ." West Branch Local Schools. Digital School Network. Web. 20 Oct 2014.