Use of irradiation techniques in food packaging

  • Kirsten Nielsen


Ionizing radiation was discovered by Röntgen just before the start of the 20th century. Although at an early stage there was considerable interest in the biological effects, the first patent for the use of radiation to sterilize food did not appear until 1930, and real research on the preservative effects did not commence until the 1940s. In 1943 it was demonstrated that x-rays could increase the shelf life of a hamburger. These researches coincided with the studies on nuclear power and the production of radio isotopes.


Irradiation Technique Food Packaging Atomic Energy Commission Codex Alimentarius Commission Irradiate Food 
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