Accession Number : AD0611224

Title :   RADIOACTIVITIES PRODUCED IN FOODS BY HIGHENERGY ELECTRONS.

Descriptive Note : Rept. no. 17 (Final), 15 Jan 58-14 Jan 62,

Corporate Author : STANFORD RESEARCH INST MENLO PARK CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Smith,H. D.

Report Date : 15 MAR 1962

Pagination or Media Count : 55

Abstract : An extensive current research effort is devoted to developing radiation processing of foods. With this type of food processing it might be possible to induce radioactivities in the foods which would impair their general wholesomeness. To determine whether or not such processing represents a potential health hazard, SRI has pursued a program for the past four years to establish the levels of induced radioactivities in foods. One part was concerned specifically with radioactivities induced by the (gamma, gamma-prime) reaction in foods irradiated with gamma rays and x-rays of several energies. The other part of the program considered radioactivities induced by a variety of reactions during irradiation by high energy electrons. Phase I of this program measured the activity induced by 24-mev electrons. Phase II, reported here, extended the program to cover several foods and a wider range of energies (6 to 25 mev).

Descriptors :   (*IRRADIATED FOOD, RADIATION HAZARDS), (*RADIOACTIVITY, IRRADIATED FOOD), GAMMA RAYS, X RAYS, ELECTRONS, PACKAGING, CONTAINERS, RADIOACTIVE ISOTOPES, GAMMA COUNTERS, PURIFICATION, PRESERVATION, IONIZATION, PROCESSING

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE