What is Food Irradiation?
Did you know what Food Irradiation is? Food Irradiation is a food safety process that involves exposing food to strong waves, like gamma rays, to get rid of germs. Food Irradiation eliminates harmful bacteria or disease-causing microorganisms but doesn’t change the nutritional value of the food at all! It also does not make the food radioactive, which is a misconception people have. So don’t worry! Food Irradiation is completely safe and effective.
- Do you think gamma rays are the only rays that pass through foods? Research what other waves could have been through your food!
- Food treated with irradiation are given special labels. What is the symbol on the label? Make yourself one!
- How might food irradiation impact the food industry negatively?