Radiation Processing Technology

Board of Radiation & Isotope Technology:

  • BRIT was constituted in March 1989 as an independent unit of Department of Atomic Energy from a part of the erstwhile Isotope group of BARC.

  • Board of Radiation & Isotope Technology (BRIT) is providing consultancy services for establishment of food irradiation plant.

Food Irradiation: What You Need to Know

  • Irradiation does not make foods radioactive, compromise nutritional quality, or noticeably change the taste, texture, or appearance of food.

  • Food irradiation (the application of ionizing radiation to food) is a technology that improves the safety and extends the shelf life of foods by reducing or eliminating microorganisms and insects.

  • Like pasteurizing milk and canning fruits and vegetables, irradiation can make food safer for the consumer.

  • Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is also regulating the food safety aspects of irradiated food products under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2016 and its Regulations there under.

What is radiation processing of food ?

  • Radiation processing of food involves the controlled application of energy from ionizing radiations such as gamma rays, electrons and X-rays for food preservation.

  • Gamma rays and X-rays are short wavelength radiations of the electromagnetic spectrum which includes radiowaves, microwaves, infrared, visible and ultra violet light.

  • Gamma rays are emitted by radioisotopes such as Cobalt-60 and Caesium-137 while electrons and X-rays are generated by machines using electricity.

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