Review Article

Effect of Gamma Irradiation on Degradation of Pesticide Residues in Fruits and Vegetables

JIGISHA PARGI & H. G. BHATT

College of Food Processing Technology and Bio-Energy, AAU, Anand, Gujarat Dept. of Food Safety and Testing, College of Food Processing Technology and Bio-Energy, AAU, Anand, Gujarat

Corresponding Author's Email: sagarkelaiya@gmail.com

Abstract

Fruits and Vegetables have nutritional characteristics, which are supportive in growth of human body. To prevent them from infestation by insects and pests, various pesticides are used. These include herbicides, insecticides and fungicides. But these pesticides induce harmful effects on human body upon consumption. These effects can be hypothyroidism, breast cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, etc. The gamma radiation is effective tool to degrade such harmful pesticides and also kill the microbes present in the fruits and vegetables. This review also provides information on the possibility of application of irradiation for improving shelf-life and quality of fruits and vegetables through various storage conditions.

Keywords: Gamma irradiation, pesticides residues, shelf-life

Page No.: 3519-3523

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