PHYTOSANITARY TREATMENT OF FOOD PRODUCTS.

FOOD SECURITY PROGRAMMES BASED ON IONIZING RADIATION TECHNOLOGIES

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FAO. National and regional programmes for food security:
Launched in 1994, the Special Programme for Food Security aims to decrease rates of hunger and malnutrition. This requires comprehensive action at national and regional levels.
OUR MISSION
IMPLEMENTATION OF TECHNOLOGY OF FOOD TREATMENT WITH IONIZING RADIATION FOR QUALITY ASSURANCE AND MAXIMUM SHELF LIFE
Implementation of food irradiation technologies contributes to food security programs worldwide and is essential for product quality assurance and maximum shelf life extension.

Beamcomplex develops and manufactures unique ready-made compact complexes with electron accelerators for quick installation at national food stocks and other facilities to process any types of food products.
— Why should countries keep food stocks?
States should put in place adequate and functioning mechanisms of early warning to prevent or mitigate the effects of natural or human-made disasters... States should take appropriate emergency preparedness measures, such as keeping food stocks for the acquisition of food, and take steps to put in place adequate systems for distribution. — FAO. VOLUNTARY GUIDELINES
— Objectives and types of public food stocks
Public stockholding programmes can aim to achieve different objectives, depending on the status of agricultural development in the country and the ability of producers and consumers to manage food price risks.

"Emergency stocks" aim to reduce the vulnerability of consumers to sudden supply or food price shocks caused by emergencies;
"Buffer stocks" aim to stabilize prices over the regular agricultural production cycle to reduce the vulnerabilities of both consumers to price shocks and of producers to income variability; and
"Stocks for domestic food distribution/food aid" aim to promote physical and economic access to adequate quantities of food for certain target populations. — FAO. Public Food Stockholding
— What are the factors that lead to instability?
Irradiation offers a potential to enhance microbiological safety and quality of food through shelf-life extension
RADIATION TECHNOLOGIES FOR FOOD SECURITY PROGRAMMES

The radiation technologies are adapted for phytosanitary treatment of food and agricultural products to improve food safety, extend product shelf life, etc.
PRODUCT PROCESSING OPTIONS
  • Treatment in a bulk in one layer
  • Treatment in boxes
  • Treatment on pallets

The UN Food and Agricultural Organization is deeply concerned by the fact that one third of the world's annual food production is wasted... and many developing countries do not have the basic necessities for food production... FAO Resolution 2.1

Implementation of food irradiation technologies contributes to food security programs worldwide and is essential for product quality assurance and shelf life extension.

Food irradiation has a number of benefits, such as sprout
ing inhibition, slower ripening, it stops activity of insects, their larvae and all types of pathogens. This ensures food safety and increases its shelf life. For details, please refer to IAEA Safety Standards