Cost of Irradiating Bacon and the Associated Energy Savings
This paper is about costs and energy savings obtained by irradiating bacon. Sterilized by irradiation (25 kGy), bacon without added nitrite does not contain nitrosamines and does not constitute botulism hazard. If bacon is irradiation sterilized while refrigerated, the cost of irradiation is about $0.08/lb; if irradiation-sterilized while frozen, the costs of irradiation and freezing would be about $0.03/lb. Substerilizing irradiation doses of 7.5 to 15 kGy would give about 80 days extension of bacon stored and distributed refrigerated. The irradiation costs, in this case, would be about $0.07/lb. (Author).
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