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    Wikipedia  "induced radioactivity"

    A less common form involves removing a neutron via photodisintegration. In this reaction, a high energy photon (gamma ray) strikes a nucleus with an energy greater than the binding energy of the atom, releasing a neutron. This reaction has a minimum cutoff of 2 MeV (for hydrogen) and around 10 MeV for most heavy nuclei. Many radionuclides do not produce gamma rays with energy high enough to induce this reaction. The isotopes used in food irradiation (cobalt-60, caesium-137) both have energy peaks below this cutoff and thus cannot induce radioactivity in the food.[1]

    Political/economic articles on Wikipedia are highly suspect but I've had better experiences with the scientific articles which mostly seem to be written by knowledgable people..

    ..but caveat emptor.....

    We are the principled ones, remember? We don't get to use the black hats' tricks even when it would benefit us. Political Compass: -6.88, -6.41

    by bmcphail on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 06:30:19 PM PDT

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    •  It apparently can be a problem for x-ray (1+ / 0-)
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      sterilization of medical equipment though.  Not to mention food that was irradiated in say, China where controls are virtually nonexistant.

      There is no saving throw against stupid.

      by Throw The Bums Out on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 07:22:37 PM PDT

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