Radioactivity in food

radiological safety
Radioactivity has been around since the earth was created and it exists naturally in the atmosphere, soil, seas and rivers. It's also created by human activity during energy production and military operations. Inevitably some of this gets into the food we eat.

Radioactivity is invisible, tasteless and not mentioned on food labels. But levels in food are strictly monitored and controlled.

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Irradiated food

Irradiation can be used to kill bacteria that cause food poisoning, such as salmonella, campylobacter and E.coli. It can also delay fruit ripening and help stop vegetables such as potatoes and onions from sprouting.