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.
treatment of food with ionizing radiation
ions with unstable oxygen- or hydrogen-containing molecules
compounds produced due to chemical reactions of free radicals