Irradiation eliminates insect pests and parasites that might have escaped the normal sanitation safeguards in food production and processing plants. It also eliminates the need to use poison gas for this purpose. Irradiation delays sprouting in tubers and eliminates microorganisms that cause spoilage. Irradiation generally can double the shelf life of most fruits and vegetables.
FTSI’s irradiation process takes only minutes to pass gamma rays through the food. Nothing is retained in the food, the process cannot make the food radioactive and the temperature of the food is maintained. Energy from the gamma rays kills the eggs and larvae of insect pests. The dosage of gamma rays depends on the insect pests and U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulations as well as the U.S. Department of Agriculture regulations. Our goal is to use the minimum dose needed to achieve complete disinfestations. The actual dosage used will be based on the needs of the customer and will be verified for each lot.
The FTSI facility is inspected by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services when fruits or vegetables are irradiated. Our irradiation facility is unique in that it accommodates palletized and/or case lots of produce (Visit our Virtual tour). This allows FTSI to process large volumes of foods at low cost - usually just a few cents per pound. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in obtaining a quote for your specific product or if you wish to be placed in contact with a wholesaler or retailer stocking irradiated fruits or vegetables.