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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.
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