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Michael Cummings
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ISBN: 9781305251052
Chapter 11.4, Problem 1EG
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Consumer products including bandages, cotton balls, diapers, and contact lens solutions are routinely irradiated. There is no opposition to these products in the marketplace. Given this, why are irradiated foods not more accepted when they can prevent illness from E. coli and other pathogens?

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To explain:  The reason for irradiated non-food items like bandages and cotton balls being accepted, but irradiated foods being not accepted in the U.S. market.

Introduction: Irradiation of food involves the exposure of food and food packaging products to the ionizing radiations. The radiations used for irradiation can be gamma rays and x-rays. It helps in the sterilization of the food products.

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The irradiated non-food items are widely accepted in the U.S. market, while the irradiated food items are not accepted because a large number of people believe that the food that has been exposed to radiation is capable of causing mutation and cancer. The irradiated food loses its nutrient value, due to the lysis of vitamins and enzymes...

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