Special Issue "Irradiation Applications in Foods"

A special issue of Foods (ISSN 2304-8158). This special issue belongs to the section "Food Engineering and Technology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Masakazu Furuta

Radiation Research Center, Graduate School of Engineering, Department of Quantum and Radiation Technology, Osaka Prefecture University, 1-2, Gakuen-cho, Naka-ku, Sakai, Osaka 599-8570 JAPAN
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Tamikazu Kume

Dalat University, Vietnam

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The irradiation of foods with 60Co gamma-rays, electron beams, or X-rays is an effective method to control pathogens or harmful insects contaminating agricultural products and foods by minimizing quality loss without residues, which has been a serious problem with chemical treatments. This technology, “food irradiation”, has been applied to spices and cereal and to fresh, frozen, or cooked products as it is a physical, safe, environmentally-clean and efficient technology. Thus, the irradiation of appropriate foods is approved in more than 40 countries, and new products have been introduced in marketplaces, especially in Southeast Asian countries. Quarantine treatment of tropical fruits with irradiation has become popular as an alternative to chemical fumigation to disinfect insect pests and international trade of the irradiated fruits has started according to international rules. Accompanying the approval of irradiation, methods for confirming the irradiation histories of foods have also been developed to check regulatory compliance and secure consumer choices. Information transfer activity is still necessary to facilitate public acceptance toward food irradiation. New irradiation sources, such as low energy electron beams and X rays, have recently emerged because of the compact size of irradiation systems and easy radiation safety management and combining irradiation processes with other decontamination techniques, such as heating or natural antimicrobial agents, are also interesting as a next-generation techniques. Understanding the decontamination mechanism, especially on bacterial spores, should be important to optimize advanced systems.

Prof. Dr. Masakazu Furuta
Prof. Dr. Tamikazu Kume
Guest Editors

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  • food irradiation technology    
  • effects of food irradiation    
  • quality and safety of irradiated foods    
  • regulation and policies    
  • consumer acceptance

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