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Irradiation of biological products prohibited

Alert Skal

Food irradiation (the application of ionizing radiation to food) is a
technology that improves safety and extends the shelf life of food by
reducing or eliminating microorganisms and insects. Like the pasteurization of milk and canning of fruits and vegetables, irradiation can make food safer for consumers. Irradiation does not make food radioactive, does not compromise nutritional quality
not compromised, and does not noticeably alter the taste, texture or appearance of food. There are three radiation sources used to irradiate food, namely: gamma radiation, X-rays and electron radiation.

Irradiation is used for:

  • Prevention of foodborne diseases by organisms that cause foodborne cause foodborne illnesses, such as Salmonella and Escherichia coli (E. coli) effectively eliminate, as well as for preservation to destroy or contain organisms that cause spoilage and decomposition to destroy or inactivate them and extend the shelf life of foods.
  • Control of insects and to destroy insects introduced into or on tropical fruit imported, destroy them. Irradiation additionally reduces the need for other pest control agents that may harm the fruit.
  • Delaying germination and ripening - to inhibit germination (of potatoes, for example) and delay ripening of fruit to extend its life.
  • Sterilization of food so it can be kept longer without refrigeration. Foods sterilized by irradiation are exposed
    to significantly higher levels of treatment than those approved for general use.

Irradiation is not permitted under Regulation (EU) No. 2018/848. Please take into account the risk that new deliveries of organic seeds, herbs and spices from India may may have been irradiated. You can test these products at an approved and accredited laboratory in addition to the standard multi-residue and singel-residue analyses for additional analysis for irradiation. Until now Skal is only aware of cases
of irradiation of imported products from India, but other countries may also that use irradiation to treat food.

Do you find irradiation? Skal calls for the product then to be blocked and to report it to Skal immediately via my.skal.nl