- Central Science Laboratory
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- This research project will investigate the effect of irradiation on chemical migration from food packaging.
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Irradiation of packaged food is increasing with more than 60 products being approved by more than 50 countries. Applications include poultry and poulty products, red meats such as hamburger meat, seafood, dried herbs and spices, fruits and vegetables. In the UK however, only the irradiation of some spices is currently approved. Food packaging may be irradiated:
- During its manufacture, for example to cure printing inks
- To sterilise it before being filled with a foodstuff
- To control or eliminate spoilage organisms
A literature review will be prepared describing the current state of knowledge on irradiated foods and their packaging materials. The review will also describe the packaging materials which may appear, irradiated, on the UK market in the future. Examples of these will be irradiated using carefully controlled doses of gamma, electron beam or x-ray irradiation and these irradiated materials analysed side-by-side with non-irradiated materials to identify any radioloysis products with the potential to migrate into foods. The focus will be on low molecular weight substances including volatiles.
Should potential migrants be detected, the extent of any potential migration will be estimated by migration modelling. If the modelling studies identify any substances present that could migrate into foods at levels of potential interest then this will be checked experimentally using foods or food simulants.
Find more about this project and other FSA food safety-related projects at the Food Standards Agency Research webpage.
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- Food Standards Agency
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- Food Preparation and Handling
- Meat, Poultry, Game