What is Food Irradiation?
While Iotron Industries works with many different industries to provide sterilization and irradiation solutions, the Food & Agriculture industry is one of the most common and recurring industry types that comes through the doors at Iotron. Using our electron beam and IMPELA® technology, we have the opportunity to serve those in the Food & Agriculture industry by irradiating food and animal feed.
According to the FDA, “food irradiation is a technology that improves the safety and extends the shelf life of foods by reducing or eliminating microorganisms and insects.” In the same way pasteurizing milk or canning fruits and vegetables can extend the product’s longevity, irradiation can make food safer for the consumer without compromising the nutritional quality or taste.
Is Food Irradiation Safe?
There are various ways to irradiate food including gamma rays, X-rays, and electron beam solutions. Iotron Industries uses electron beam technology to sterilize products and irradiate food because it’s safer, environmentally friendly, and efficient. For more than 30 years, the FDA has evaluated the safety of irradiated food and deems it safe. A variety of foods have been approved by the FDA for irradiation and can be viewed on the FDA’s website.
Why is Food Irradiation Important?
Now that you know what food irradiation is, and that Iotron Industries offers food irradiation using e-beam technology as a safer solution to gamma rays and X-rays, let’s explore why food irradiation is important.
Controls and Eliminates Pathogens
Harmful pathogens such as E.coli, Salmonella, and Listeria Monocytogenes can linger on food products. Eliminating these pathogens that can lead to food-borne illness is one of the ultimate goals of food irradiation. E-beam technology provides sterilization to these packaged foods and meats and reduces the chance of cross-contamination.
Aids in Insect Control
Irradiation not only destroys insects in or on fruits imported to the United States, but it can also drastically reduce the need for alternative pest-control methods that may harm the fruit.
Creates a Longer Shelf-Life
The delay of ripening in fruits and vegetables is inevitable by using food irradiation practices. Foods like meat, poultry, fish, vegetables, fruits, and more can experience a longer shelf-life through irradiation destroying harmful pathogens. Within this, the food’s nutritional value is not compromised, making the impact of food irradiation on consumers only beneficial.
Quality Assurance Guaranteed
Iotron Industries is committed to quality assurance, and serving clients in the Food & Agriculture industry. We strive to develop strong relationships with clients and provide responsive and reliable service.
“We are extremely satisfied with the services provided by Iotron. Their commitment to quality, timeliness and state of the art facility is why Iotron is our "partner of choice" for irradiation services. The personnel are always courteous, knowledgeable and are excellent problem solvers for our unique irradiation and audit trail requirements.” – Product Manager
Both our Canada and USA facilities have implemented and maintain a Quality Management System with various accreditations and certifications for monitoring effectiveness, identifying opportunities for improvement, and providing quality based electron beam services to exceed customer expectations.
For more information on how Iotron can help your business with food irradiation, contact us today for a free quote.