FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
In Pakistan, a private-sector company initiated commercial food irradiation in 2010. A total of 940 tons of legumes, spices, and fruits were processed in that year. In 2011, permission was given for the development of three new food irradiation facilities, and the export of irradiated mango was started. Pakistan is in the process of working out details for export of irradiated mangoes to the USA. Irradiation of mangoes is a mandatory intervention to meet USDA/APHIS phytosanitary requirements.
In 2015, the government of Pakistan announced plans to construct an e-beam irradiation facility near Karachi. Al-Technique Corporation of Pakistan (ATCOP) and Marine Group of Companies (MGC) have entered into a joint venture agreement to establish first ever E-Beam facility at Karachi for irradiation of food items, surgical instruments and gemstones etc. This state of the art facility will enhance exports of fresh fruits and vegetables through decontamination and extension of their shelf lives.The Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) has been working for the scaled-up
application of food irradiation technology. Consumer acceptability of irradiated products was
addressed through promotional marketing and the dissemination of information to the public. Link to article here.
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