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Cobalt Irradiation of Food

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scapel Oct 24, 2011 06:48 PM

To prevent E-coli in hamburger and Salmonella in chickens, does anyone have any ideas about irradiating the meat and chicken after it has been sealed. The irradiation will penetrate the sealed goods and make the chicken sterile and the meat sterile. The seal will keep it that way.

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  1. KaimukiMan RE: scapel Oct 25, 2011 12:43 AM

    hawaii has been looking at irridated fruit for decades with no clear resolution. since hawaii has mediterranean fruit flies our produce must be carefully inspected for export, this is costly and affects the marketabllity of the fruits. while no one believes that the fruit becomes radioactive, there are questions about what the treatment does to the inherent qualities of the food. areas of concern have included taste and texture, the effects on vitamins, release of free radicals, etc.

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      NVJims RE: scapel Nov 3, 2011 05:04 PM

      The use of radiation from Cobalt-60 has long been used to kill pathogens on food. It is safe, effective, and inexpensive. The food is NOT radioactive. Omaha Steaks is one large firm that uses this technique.

      1. Tripeler RE: scapel Nov 3, 2011 06:37 PM

        I wonder if eating the food will help cure cancer...

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