Human Consumption

Using low dose Gamma irradiation, STERIS Applied Sterilization Technologies (AST) is able to safely and effectively control both pathogenic micro-organisms and insects and pests in food for human consumption.

Control of Pathogenic Microorganisms

Herbs and spices are often heavily contaminated by pathogenic microorganisms (bacteria, molds and yeasts), which can cause food spoilage and food borne illness.

In many countries such as France, The Netherlands, the Republic of South Africa, USA and Thailand food is commonly irradiated. In the UK, STERIS AST has been granted a license from the U.K. Food Standards Agency to irradiate dried herbs and spices.

Gamma irradiation is a safe and effective process that can be used for controlling microbial contamination of dry food ingredients. As irradiation is chemical and residue free, it has little or no effect on properties such as appearance, flavor, texture or aroma. As an expert in sterilization and the accompanying legislative regulations, STERIS AST can advise on the appropriate requirements for home and export.

Control of Insects and Pests: Phytosanitary Treatment for Fruits

Ionizing irradiation with low dose is widely used for phytosanitary measure. In recent years, irradiation treatment has become the most promising, single-treatment quarantine alternative to methyl bromide. Many international organizations and countries agree that irradiation of fruits is a safe and effective form of treatment for the elimination of pests and does not pose a threat to human health.

Many countries including the United States adopt this method to allow the importation of the fruits. STERIS Applied Sterilization Technologies Thailand (AST) is certified by The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) for the irradiation of six exotic fruits and now part of the pre-clearance program for the importation of commercial shipments of litchi, longan, mango, mangosteen, pineapple and rambutan from Thailand to the United States.

Animal Consumption

Irradiation is effective in controlling microbial contamination in animal feed, pet food and treats. As an effective process, the irradiation of animal feed is approved by the regulatory agencies in most countries. STERIS AST can effectively treat:

  • Pet treats such as chews
  • Birdseed for pets and wild birds
  • Compound feeds and foodstuffs – mixed grains, hay, straw, silage
  • Animal origin feed – pigs ears

STERIS Consumer Products Services Advantages:

  • High quality, cost-effective product processing
  • Widespread network of sterilization facilities
  • Multi-disciplinary technical staff and on-site quality assurance personnel
  • Detailed certification of your decontamination process
  • Dedicated radiation and ethylene oxide technology centers

STERIS AST operates under a quality system that is in compliance with 21 CFR Part 820 and applicable sections of 21 CFR Part 211. In addition, STERIS is registered to the ISO 13485 Quality Standards, and adheres to the requirements of ISO 11137 (Radiation) and ISO 11135 (EO).

Why STERIS AST?

As a global leading sterilization and contamination control specialist, STERIS AST has over 40 years experience in providing safe and effective irradiation of food products.

Contact our team of experts to find out more about our Global Contract Sterilization and Contamintation Control Services