Food Irradiation Market Gain Impetus due to the Growing Demand over 2026


Food irradiation is a process in which gamma rays, electron beam, and X-rays are used to sterilize, disinfect, and preserve food. Irradiation helps to reduce food spoilage by insects, bacteria, and parasites.

Increasing demand for food irradiation amongst the consumer is a major driving factor for growth of the global food irradiation market, owing to increasing consumer acceptance for food irradiation in the market. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved irradiation of fresh vegetables and fruits as a phytosanitary treatment. FDA determined that food irradiation process is safe and effective in providing protection against spoilage of fruit and vegetables. Thus consumer prefer food irradiation.

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Major Players in the Global Food Irradiation Market

Key players operating in the global food irradiation market include, Food Technology Service, Inc., Sterigenics International, Inc., Gray Star, Inc., Ionisos SA., Nordion Inc., Reviss Services Ltd., Sadex Corporation, Scantech Sciences, Inc., Steris Isomedix Services, Phytosan S.A. De C., and Tecleor LLC.

North America is expected to account for significant market share 56% in the global food irradiation market. This is owing to increasing consumer preference and acceptance of food irradiation technology. Furthermore, increasing consumer awareness about benefits of food irradiation is another factor driving growth of the market in the region. Advantages of food irradiation such as reduction of chemical use and process safety. The advantages of food irradiation such as reduction pathogenic microorganisms, decontamination, extension of shelf life, and disinfestation is another factor driving the food irradiation market growth in the region.

Asia Pacific is projected be the fastest growing region in the global food irradiation market, owing to approval of government agencies for use of food irradiation technology. For instance, in India, food irradiation is governed by the Atomic Energy Rules, 2012 (Radiation Processing of Food & Allied Products), Food Safety and Standards Act 2006, Plant Quarantine Order, 2004 (Regulation of Import into India), and others. For instance, Government of India has cleared several commodities under new Atomic Energy (Radiation Processing of Food & Allied Products) Rules 2012 in Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Regulations, 2011 for preservation through irradiation.

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Edwin Santos was born and raised in Puerto Rico. He has contributed to Discovery Magazine, Details and the Huffington Post. Edwin has also served as a commentator for NPR and MSNBC. As a journalist for Oak Tribune, Edwin mostly covers national news. Aside from earning a living as a freelance journalist, Edwin also works as photographer.