Summarizing Food Irradiation

Food Irradiation Summary

  • Food irradiation is the treatment of food with ionizing radiation.
  • Irradiating food can destroy insects and bacteria by creating free radicals and radiolytic products that can break apart cell membranes.
  • Food irradiation has produced no observable negative short-term effects for humans, but its long-term effects are unknown.

Glossary

food irradiation

treatment of food with ionizing radiation

free radicals

ions with unstable oxygen- or hydrogen-containing molecules

radiolytic products

compounds produced due to chemical reactions of free radicals

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