October 22, 2021

PH will increase its irradiation capacity with the addition of a new P549-M facility

The Board of Investments (BOI) has authorized Irradiation Solutions, Inc.’s (ISI) PHP548.7-million project to build the country’s second irradiation plant.

According to a statement issued by the BOI on October 18, 2021, ISI will begin commercial operation of the Tanay Multipurpose Irradiation Facility in June 2023.

ISI’s irradiation plant in Tanay, Rizal, will use electron-beam technology.

The sole e-beam irradiation facility in the nation, according to BOI, is owned and managed by the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (DOST-PNRI), which has a capacity of 440 metric tons (MT) per year.

The new irradiation plant will increase irradiation capacity by 25,000 MT per year.

Irradiation is a food and non-food processing and preservation method that involves exposing the items to ionizing radiation, such as gamma rays, x-rays, and e-beam machines.

Irradiated products do not decay into radioactivity.

“The project is aligned with the government’s Covid-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) response in building food resilience through the adoption of innovative technologies to reduce post-harvest losses and increase shelf-life of agri-fisheries products and food commodities,” said Trade Undersecretary and BOI managing director Ceferino Rodolfo.

Importers, exporters, and dealers would be among the clients of ISI’s facility in Tanay, Rizal.

“It will also stimulate much-needed extra economic activity across the agricultural value chain by improving production quality and allowing local goods to be of export quality, allowing them to reach larger international markets,” Rodolfo said.

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