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Electronic Irradiation of Foods

An Introduction to the Technology

  • first comprehensive book on the growing trend of electronic irradiation of food


Part of the Food Engineering Series book series (FSES)

About this book


Food irradiation, the use of ionizing radiation to destroy harmful biological organism in food, is a safe, proven process that has many useful applications. It has been endorsed by numerous health organizations and has now been approved for many applications by governments around the world.

Electronic Irradiation of Foods describes all the key aspects of electron accelerator technology in detail. It emphasizes the physical science and technology aspects of food irradiation using machine sources of ionizing radiation. The book provides significant technical depth for interested workers and present descriptive, introductory material that should help demystify technology for businessmen to make informed choices regarding important investments decisions.

Introductory chapters summarize the effects of ionizing radiation on biological organisms and the organic compounds comprising foods, and give an overview of the food irradiation process. Subsequent chapters cover the details of the electron beam and x-ray energy deposition, electron accelerator technologies, beam scanning systems, material handling systems, shielding design, and process control considerations. Important appendices cover radiation dosimetry, induced radioactivity, and ozone generation.


dosimetry energy food health radioactivity transport

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.EBM, LLCAlbuquerque

About the authors

Robert B. Miller is currently Vice-President for Technology Development for the SureBeam Corporation, the world's only company specifically devoted to food irradiation using accelerator sources of ionizing radiation. He holds a PhD in Nuclear Engineering from the Ohio State University (1973), and has held a variety of relevant technical and managerial positions in his 30-year career. He has over 30 open-literature publications, and is the author of the text An Introduction to the Physics of Intense Charged Particle Beams, Plenum (1981).

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