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Food irradiation technology for onion storage



  Dec 21, 2023

Food irradiation technology for onion storage



In India’s quest for agricultural innovation , food irradiation technology is a game-changer for onion storage. By exposing onions to precise levels of ionizing radiation from Cobalt-60 or Cesium-137, the technology disrupts the growth of spoilage agents like bacteria, insects, and fungi . This process significantly enhances the onions’ shelf life, ensuring they remain non-radioactive and nutritionally intact.

For Indian farmers , especially in Maharashtra’s prolific onion fields, this means potentially higher profits due to less spoilage and longer storage. The Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) has rigorously tested and approved this technology, upholding the highest safety standards set by Indian regulatory authorities.

With these measures in place, irradiated onions are deemed safe for consumption and retain their nutritional value, marking a stride in food preservation aligned with global safety norms and bolstering India’s vast agricultural sector .


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