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Volume 7, Number 7—June 2001
International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases 2000

Conference Presentations

Food Safety and Irradiation: Protecting the Public from Foodborne Infections 1

Robert V. Tauxe
Author affiliation: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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Table 1

Doses required to decrease selected pathogens at refrigerator temperatures by one decimal log/90% (D-dose)

Pathogens D-dose in kGray* 5-log reduction dose in kGrays
Campylobacter 0.20 1.00
Toxoplasma cysts 0.25 1.25
E. coli O157 0.30 1.50
Listeria 0.45 2.25
Salmonella 0.70 3.50
Cl. botulinum spores 3.60 18.00

*1 Gray = 100 rads; 10 kGray = 1 Megarad

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1Adapted from a talk given on July 19, 2000 at the 2nd International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases, Atlanta, GA.