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22 June 2006

iia Letter to Romina Garay, Convenor of ISO/TC 34 WG10

22 June 2006 |   To: Romina Garay, Convenor of ISO/TC 34/WG 10 Vasil Lajos, Interim Secetary of ISO/TC 34/ WG Members TC 34/ WG 10 Members Subject: Status of ISO/TC 34/ WG 10 on ISO/CD 22810 “Food Irradiation – Good processing practices for the irradiation of food intended for human consumption” I am writing […]

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1 June 2006

A New Concept in Aseptic Filling: Closed-vial Technology

Pharmaceutical Technology Europe in the January 2006 issue published this interesting article by Benoit Verjans, Jacques Thilly and Christian Vandecasserie. Integral to this “new concept” is using irradiation to sterilize the closed plastic vial prior to filling. In the filling process, a needle penetrates the closed vial through the stopper, injects the liquid into the […]

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1 June 2006

IAEA Meeting on Denials of Shipment

Vienna May 8-12, 2006. MDS Nordion participated in and reports on an IAEA meeting dealing with denial of shipments at the IAEA in early May. Approximately 60 delegates from 26 countries were present. A course of action was agreed to which will see the creation of a Steering Committee made up of a competent authority […]

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1 May 2006

NAS Radiation Source Use and Replacement

The USA National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is a prestigious society engaged in scientific and engineering research. Founded March 3, 1863 by President Abraham Lincoln, government leaders frequently turn to NAS for advice on complex and critical science and technical issues that permeate policy decisions. One of their current projects is to report on radiation […]

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1 May 2006

IAEA Meeting on International Transport of Radioisotopes

Deliveries of lifesaving medical isotopes to hospitals across the globe are too often being held-up or blocked during international transport according to reports received by the IAEA. Industry representatives are warning of a growing incident of denials or delays in shipment of isotopes used in medical diagnostics, to treat cancer, or sterilize medical products. Part […]

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1 May 2006

Update on development of ISO/TC34 Food Irradiation Standard

Convenor Romina Garay cancelled the first meeting of ISO/TC 34/ WG 10 scheduled for May 10 to 12th in Buenos Aires, Argentina because only 2 people registered. Unfortunately the need for this work has not been justified, since many believe the existing Codex documents and ISO/ASTM standards are sufficient and of much higher quality. However […]

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1 May 2006

NRC Response to the GOA

The US NRC has issued a very good 4-page letter to the Chairman, Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs with respect to the security and control of radioactive sources. This was in response to the Government Accountability Office’s (GOA) actions in transporting (smuggling) a very small amount of radioactive material […]

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1 February 2006

Gamma Irradiators for Radiation Processing, New IAEA Publication

Radiation technology is one of the most important fields that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) supports and promotes. Several programs exist to facilitate its use in the developing Member States. Under this mandate the IAEA just published “Gamma Irradiators for Radiation Processing”. Contents cover the radiation processing industry, growth and the process itself. It […]

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1 February 2006

USDA Final Rule Treatment of Fruits and Vegetables

2006 January 27 in the Federal Register Volume 71, Number 18 pages 4451 to 4464 Final Rule. Effective Date: 2006 February 27th. The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), USDA amended the regulations by revising the approved doses for irradiation treatment of imported fruits and vegetables. This rule establishes a new minimum generic dose […]

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1 February 2006

Canada’s NWMO releases Final Study

In November the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) released its Final Study Report and recommended approach for the long-term management of Canada’s used nuclear fuel. The report, Choosing a Way Forward: The Future Management of Canada’s Used Nuclear Fuel is available for download from the NWMO website: www.nwmo.ca. Copies can also be ordered through the […]

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