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An Epic Future in Cold Pasteurization

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An Epic Future in Cold Pasteurization

The preservation of food is essential to maintain life and growth.   Its daily intakes nourish our bodies, providing enzymes, in turn giving us energy.   The ability of matter exerts radiation in its domain by means of energy in selected foods.   Such rationale debates whether a development of technology creates an effective way to reduce the incidence of foodborne diseases, while treating a variety of potential problems in our food supply.   An effective method of research in food irradiation illustrates substantial evidence in its safety, nutritional adequacy, and social-economic global effects.

Irradiation is capable of improving the safety and quality of many foods.   It is the process that emits high-energy rays passing through [food] products, virtually killing all harmful bacteria and parasites in or on the food (OCA, 1998).   Yet, the food remains raw and undergoes only minor chemical changes.   Foods are treated with ionizing radiation to accomplish many different goals, one being the delivery of raw meats and sprouts.   There is no guarantee that raw ground beef or sprouts will be free of certain harmful bacteria.   These foods provide a favourable environment for bacterial growth, whereas, the production process does not include a step to reduce these bacteria, such as cooking or pasteurization.   For these foods, irradiation provides a bacteria-killing step.   However, one association disagrees the issue and claims that irradiation only covers up problems that the meat and poultry industry should solve, increasing the fecal contamination that results from speeded up slaughter and decreased federal inspection. Irradiation is a ‘magic bullet’ that will enable [the company] to say that the product was ‘clean’ when it left the packing plant (OCA, 2001).   The claim, more rather, lacks the key source in evidence, for even the best sanitation and standard antibacterial treatments cannot...


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