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The safety of irradiated foods - a review of current literature
Project Code: A05009
Food Research and Consultancy Unit Cardiff School of Health Sciences UWIC
The aim of the review was to investigate the current literature in respect of the safety of the irradiation process, the safety of irradiated food and the safety of the process for food packaging.
The initial phase involved collation of all the relevant publications. A number of information sources were used, as well as direct contact with bodies that had previously commissioned research on the subject and published their findings. Once all relevant publications were collated an analysis was made of the data presented. A composite database was then created to compile the findings into the broad sections of toxicological, microbiological, radiological and packaging safety. A risk based approach was employed whereby studies concerning pathogenic organisms, high risk groups of the population or other high risk activities were considered to be more important. The final stage of the project was the compilation of a literature review that took all the factors into account.
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