Food Irradiation




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A 60Co irradiation facility of 30kCi was installed at the research institute (AERE) of the Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission in 2010, and four tons of spices were irradiated in 2011. A commercial plant (85kCi) was built in 1993 and 120 tons of fruit and dry fish were treated from 1994 to 1998.

Consumer Acceptance

Consumers in Bangladesh have no adverse views on irradiated foods. Consumer acceptability tests conducted over the years did not reveal any untoward response to irradiated products. In order to create increased awareness among the stakeholders of the benefits of food irradiation, a national seminar was organized in 1996 on ‘Irradiation As An Alternative To Pesticides’. An IAEA expert, representatives of the Consumer Association of Bangladesh (CAB), Chamber of Commerce and Industries, senior officials from food and allied industries, executives of the Pesticide Association of Bangladesh (PAB), relevant government officials from the Ministries of Food, Commerce, Industries, Science and Technology and Health and Family Planning and scientists from other research organizations and professional groups, attended. Irradiated foods were exhibited at the National Science Fair and Exhibitions. Different professional groups were appraised on irradiation technology and its role in ensuring the safety and security of food products.

Gammatech Ltd, the joint venture company of the Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission, and a leading private company known as BEXIMCO, irradiated and marketed about 1300 tons of different food items in 1995–1998. A number of non-traditional food items (food items hitherto untried or not irradiated before) such as beef casing, flour, turtle meat, peat soil, macaroni and others, were successfully irradiated and marketed.

To facilitate commercialization and trade in irradiated foods, Bangladesh adopted in 1995, a specification for Authorization of Irradiation by Classes/Groups of Foods in line with the guidelines proposed by the International Consultative Group on Food Irradiation (ICGFI). This is essentially similar to the Harmonized Regulation on Food Irradiation for Asia and the Pacific adopted in Seoul, Republic of Korea, in April 1998. Radiation disinfestation studies to eliminate nematodes from ginger and turmeric, and mites and thrips from cut flower are in progress at the Institute of Food & Radiation Biology. Research work is also in progress to identify irradiated fruit flies, mites and thrips with radiation sensitive protein markers. The Co-60 gamma irradiator at the Institute is being replaced by a new 50 000 Ci Co-60 source to provide research and development support to commercialization activities. A large multi-purpose Co-60 irradiation facility (500 kCi) is in the process of establishment in the campus of Atomic Energy Research Establishment, Savar, Dhaka, for food and other radiation processing applications.

Source: IAEA-TECDOC-1219 Consumer acceptance and market development of irradiated food in Asia and the Pacific.




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