Food irradiation has been approved in 41 countries for more than 30 products.
Independent scientific committees in Denmark, Sweden, the United Kingdom,
Canada and the World Health Organization have endorsed food irradiation.
are more than 150 irradiation facilities in over 40 countries. An estimated
55 facilities worldwide use food irradiation and related food irradiation
research, according to a 1989 Library of Congress Report.
countries sell irradiated spices, onions and potatoes. Irradiated shrimp
and frog legs and other products are sold in the Netherlands; irradiated
fruit, chicken, cheese and other products are sold in France; and other
countries offer products from sausage to tea. In South Africa shelf stable
irradiated meals are sold to sports and recreation enthusiasts.
Below is a map and list of the countries that either use irradiation for
commercial use or have approved food irradiation.
Flag: Countries with Commercial Irradiation of Food
- South Africa
- Czech Republic
- United Kingdom
- United States
Flag: Countries with Approval of Food Irradiation
- Russian Federation
- Costa Rica