Irradiator to be used to rid Mexican fruit of pests
Ottawa, Ont. – Nordion Inc. has built the first gamma irradiator in North America intended only for use on food products.
The irradiator was custom-made for Mexico’s Benebion, which offers phytosanitary services to fruit and vegetable exporters. The unit will be used at the company’s facility in Matehuala, Mexico, to rid fresh fruit of insects.
The facility will have an annual capacity of 300,000 metric tonnes.
Nordion, which offers products and services to the health science market worldwide, will also supply Benebion with cobalt-60 (Co-60), the isotope used in gamma sterilization.
During gamma sterilization foods are exposed to measured amounts of ionizing radiation from Co-60, which kills any insects and reduces harmful bacteria. It does not change the flavour or nutritional quality of foods.