India – A seminar on Radiation Processing Technology for Food Safety & Security, organized at Federation House, Hyderabad, focused on the role of radiation processing in increasing shelf life of food and other related aspects in ensuring food safety. Rapid urbanization, arable land depletion, agro-climatic conditions, traditional harvest and storage practices, as well as issues of long transportation distances to consumption centers have highlighted the need for change. “About 20-40% of our agricultural produce is lost due to spoilage by pests, insects and microbes. Microbial contaminants cause human illness and produce toxins also rendering food unsafe for consumption. Therefore radiation technology is essential to preserve agricultural commodities and food products,” said C.R. Biswal, principal secretary to the Government, Industries & Commerce Department, of the Government of Andhra Pradesh.
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