Assignment (2), Chapter 14 Exercise -- Food Irradiation at Synergy, Inc.

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Assignment (2)

DUE DATE: Tuesday, JUNE 30 at 11:59 p.m. or earlier.

Chapter 14 Exercise -- Food Irradiation at Synergy, Inc.

You work in the Corporate Communications Department at Synergy, Inc., a corporation that employs about 1,500 workers in New Jersey. A new chief operating officer, Emile Paton, has joined Synergy from a similar manufacturing organization in Belgium.

Paton has gotten in touch with you to discuss the company's response to the recent recall of thousands of pounds of tainted beef, as well as the closing of a meat-processing plant. Synergy runs a full-service cafeteria and dining room that serves some 5,000 meals a week to its employees.

"I assume we are totally in compliance with local health regulations?" he asks you.

"Yes," you reply, "we are. I checked with the food service last week."

"And I assume all the foods are irradiated?"

"I don't think we do that," you respond, "but let me check and get back to you."

Checking again with the food

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MEMORANDUM1Date: 29th June 30, 2014Subject: Food IrradiationTo: Emile PatonFrom: Edward AdamsIntroductionFood irradiation is one of the acceptable food preservation technologies by FDA. Itemploys radiation energy to prevent food spoilage and also eliminate food-borne pathogens thatmay cause food poisoning and/ or spoilage if not eliminated. The uptake of food irradiation inthe USA is not as widespread as in Europe. This memorandum outlines the facts surroundingapplication of food irradiation in the USA.FindingsFood irradiation uses three major sources of radiation energy: cobalt-60 gamma sources,electron beam generators and x-ray accelerators. These sources emit gamma rays or e-beams.When passed through food, ionizing radiation in the rays breaks up the chemical bonds(radiolysis) in foods which are necessary for proliferation of bacteria and other microbes. Assuch, the
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