Director, National Center for Electron Beam Research at Texas A&M University
Thanks to the efforts of many around the world (literally) mangoes from Pakistan are being treated (for phytosanitary reasons) with eBeam and cobalt-60 technologies in the United States.
The shipments started arriving by airfreight in June and will continue through till the end of August.
These shipments point to the growing trend by different sectors of the food industry to utilize these technologies for adding significant value to the commodities.
According to USDA-APHIS data, the total volume of imported agricultural products being treated by ionizing radiation technology has increased approximately 14% between 2012 and 2013 and has increased over 6000% since 2007.
Currently, specific fruits from India, Mexico, S.Africa, Thailand, Vietnam, and Pakistan are being treated with either cobalt-60 or eBeam technologies