FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
Food Irradiation in Vietnam:
Viet Nam will adopt the harmonized food irradiation regulation prepared at the workshop in Seoul in April, 1998. A commercial demonstration type irradiation facility is available for the treatment of food and other related items. During the project period 45 tons of rice, 500 kg of litchi and 400 kg of mushrooms were successfully irradiated and test marketed. Consumers were found to accept the treated products. The dissemination of educational materials to the public was found to be the catalytic agent for enhancing public acceptance of the technology and of irradiated foods. Viet Nam is expected to complete the establishment of a full scale commercial irradiation facility in Ho Chi Minh City for food and medical products. The source is being purchased from Hungary and will have an initial loading strength of 500 kCi of cobalt-60.
Source: IAEA-TECDOC-1219 Consumer acceptance and market development of irradiated food in Asia and the Pacific.
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