Journal of Radiation Research and Radiation Proces ›› 2016, Vol. 34 ›› Issue (4): 40101-040101.doi: 10.11889/j.1000-3436.2016.rrj.34.040101

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Advances in research of ionizing radiation on pathogen contamination of fresh produce

LI Longqing, MA Liang, LI Wenjian   

  1. Institute of Modern Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou 730000, China
  • Received:2015-12-29 Revised:2016-03-29 Online:2016-08-20 Published:2016-07-06
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    Supported by the Science and Technology Support Plan of Gansu Province (Y406050SJ00) First author:LI Longqing (female) was born in February 1992, and received her bachelor degree from Sichuan University in 2014.


In this article, we made a comprehensive discussion on the development of worldwide foodborne illnesses and application status of ionizing radiation techniques, reviewed the ability of ionizing radiation to inactivate a wide range of microorganisms, and debated the safety of radiation techniques and absorbed dose level. Future studies will investigate the sensitivity of pathogenic microorganisms to ionizing radiation. They will aim to identify critical factors that determine microbial resistance to ionizing radiation and assess the effects of such factors on the inactivation mechanism and repair pathway efficiency, establishing an integrated standard for food irradiation dose, technological process and operation specification.

Key words: Food, Irradiation, Foodborne illnesses, Food security

CLC Number: 

  • TL99