Food Technology Service, Inc. was organized as a Florida corporation on December 11, 1985. The Company owns and operates an irradiation facility located in Mulberry, Florida, that uses gamma radiation produced by Cobalt 60 to treat or process various food and non-food items for insect disinfestations, shelf life extension and reduction of microorganisms. Operations commenced in January 1992 upon completion of its facility.
For the food items irradiated by FTSI, the benefits of irradiation in preventing food borne illness are well known. Food irradiation is supported by the United States Department of Agriculture (ìUSDAî), the World Health Organization, the United States Public Health Service, the American Medical Association, the Institute of Food Technologists, and reputable scientific and medical organizations throughout America. In addition, more than forty countries have approved the irradiation of food products. The United States Food & Drug Administration (ìFDAî) has approved irradiation as a safe and effective means of processing a variety of foods.
For the non-food items irradiated by FTSI, gamma irradiation is an established, safe and effective means of eliminating the presence of microorganisms. Gamma irradiation can penetrate dense material, unlike many of the alternate forms of sterilization, without leaving behind any unwanted residues. Gamma sterilization is an efficient process that creates a safe product for the end user.
The companyís irradiation facility and executive office are located on an approximately 4.33 acre site owned by the Company in Mulberry, Polk County, Florida. The Company purchased the site because of its convenient access to State Road 60, a major transportation artery in central Florida.
The Companyís irradiation facility and executive office comprises approximately 28,800 square feet, including a 22,600 square foot warehouse and loading and unloading area, a 3,200 square foot office area, and a 3,000 square foot irradiation chamber and Cobalt 60 storage cell. The Companyís irradiation processing plant consists of a radiation source, an automated conveying system, and operating safety controls. The heart of the plant is the radiation source. The conveying system is used to transport products to and from the processing chamber. The Companyís facility is designed to operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.