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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: F1640-03 Standard Guide for Irradiation and Use of Packaging Materials for Foods to Be Irradiated

item Logar, John - STERIGENICS, INC.
item Sommers, Christopher

Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Other
Publication Acceptance Date: December 1, 2004
Publication Date: December 13, 2004
Citation: Logar, J., Sommers, C.H. 2004. F1640-03 standard guide for irradiation and use of packaging materials for foods to be irradiated. 1-5.

Technical Abstract: Ionizing radiation is a safe and effective method for inactivating foodborne pathogens, spoilage microorganisms, and parasites in food and agricultural products. Regulatory agencies, including the U.S. FDA, regulate the types of food packaging materials that may be used as part of the irradiation process. Standard guides written by internationally recognized metrological organizations such as the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Subcommittee E10.06 on Food Irradiation Processing and Packaging are used by governments and the food processing industry to provide information and reference materials pertaining to critical food safety issues and to conduct appropriate product assessment tests to determine the compatibility between the packaging application and irradiation relative to changes in food sensory attributes and shelf-life. ASTM Standard Guide F1640-03 "Selection and use of packaging materials for foods to be irradiated" addresses issues including terminology, significance and use, fitness for use, packaging applications, and sensory changes in food that are required by the radiation processing industry and provides guidance relating to regulatory requirements of countries allowing irradiation of food and agricultural products.

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