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20 February 2018

IAEA DG visits Philippines: Food Security, Health and Nuclear Power

THE IAEA Director General had discussions with senior officials focused on how the IAEA assists Member States in the safe and appropriate use of nuclear and related technologies for improving crop varieties, which contributes to food security and sustainable agricultural development globally. “Irradiation of agricultural products prolongs shelf lives, resulting in a secure rice supply,[…]

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11 February 2018

A Review of Food Irradiation in 2017

The linked article is a recap of progress made worldwide with food irradiation in 2017. More food was irradiated in 2017 than in any previous year. Many countries have begun to irradiate foods, especially for reasons of market access. Irradiation is becoming the preferred intervention technology to prevent harmful insects when shipments of fresh produce[…]

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23 January 2018

Food Irradiation and the Changing Climate

The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations and the International Atomic Energy Agency have jointly produced a valuable video which explains how food irradiation benefits society. The introduction to the video explains: “Throughout history, insect pests have posed challenges by spreading diseases, damaging crops and affecting environments, causing damage of more than 70[…]

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19 January 2018


NICSTAR 2018 is being held between March 5-7 in Mumbai, India. NICSTAR is organised by NAARRI in cooperation with the Department of Atomic Energy India and the IAEA. The event is being supported by the International Irradiation Association (iia) and the World Council on Isotopes (WCI). Many our members and contacts will be represented at[…]

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11 January 2018

iia initiative regarding maximum dose for phytosanitary irradiation

The maximum limit of 1 kGy imposed by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) on fresh produce irradiated for phytosanitary purpose often poses challenges to radiation processors. The iia has created a small informal group to write a petition to change or remove this upper limit that[…]

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2 January 2018

January 2018 Newsletter

The latest iia newsletter was circulated today. It can be accessed by clicking on the following link: January 2018 Newsletter

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17 December 2017

Food Irradiation Technologies – Concepts, Applications and Outcomes

The Royal Society of Chemistry has produced a book titled ‘Food Irradiation Technologies: Concepts, Applications and Outcomes’ which was published on 15 December 2017. At present we don’t know much about the book. We will make enquiries and update this news item shortly. In the meantime further details are available via the following link: Food[…]

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13 December 2017

Radiation Physics & Chemistry – Special IMRP 18 Edition

Volume 143 – Special Edition of Radiation Physics and Chemistry is now available This special issue of the Journal of Radiation Physics and Chemistry is a collection of highlighted papers presented at the most recent IMRP conference held in Vancouver, Canada in 2016. The papers were selected by the session chairs and accepted after a[…]

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4 December 2017

Fresh Vietnamese Mango imports to the United States

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is amending its regulations to allow the importation of fresh mango fruit from Vietnam into the continental United States. After analyzing the potential plant pest risks, APHIS scientists determined that mangos from Vietnam can be safely imported under a systems approach that includes[…]

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