Irradiation affects sprouts
Broccoli sprouts contain a high amount of vitamin C, antioxidants, phenolic compounds, and pytochemicals believed to have anticarcinogenic properties. Unfortunately, the sprout seeds are often a source of foodborne illness. The Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of irradiation at doses up to 8 kGy to control pathogens in the seeds. Previous research has shown that irradiation at this level killed all Escherichia coli O157:H7 from alfalfa seeds but result…

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