Irradiated food is radioactive
The natural radioactivity or that induced during processing, preparation or irradiation is
from that caused by radioactive fallout from nuclear accidents or explosions. The
from accidents or explosions can result in highly radioactive substances entering the food
which can ultimately cause damage to organs and tissues. The amount of radioactivity
in food from approved irradiation procedures would probably be undetectable in most
At the moment food irradiation is not permitted in Australia.
The weight of evidence suggests that irradiated food is not likely to be a hazard to human health. Since it can be used to control spoilage or food poisoning organisms, control insect infestation, delay ripening and inhibit sprouting it might be expected to decrease the hazard from these substances. Irradiation can cause the loss of some nutrients but this is not likely to be significant in the context of the overall diet. Clearly, if irradiation is introduced in Australia there will need to be careful monitoring of its use to ensure that articular individuals are not adversely affected.