A.Brown Co. Inc. unit Irradiation Solutions Inc. (ISI) has broken ground on the country’s first commercial electron beam (e-beam) irradiation facility which will serve the medical and food industries.
E-beam irradiation is a processing and preservation technique where food or non-food products are exposed to accelerated electrons from electron beam machines.
The P600 million facility – located in Tanay, Rizal – will use a 10 MeV e-beam linear accelerator to sterilize medical masks, dressings, syringes, surgical staplers and other single-use medical devices.
E-beam irradiation is used in more than 60 countries and is considered the most economical alternative among available commercial sterilization methods.
“We are anticipating the creation of more jobs and other opportunities as a result of this new facility, which is expected to create an impact to the local economy of Rizal. And with irradiation technology recognized globally as a proven and safe technology, we can better support the growth of various industries and help develop multiple downstream industries as well,” said Paul B. Just, CEO of ISI.
Targeted to be completed in September 2023, the facility will consist of a bunker shield, cold storage, dry storage and administration building. It will be used to reduce the microbial load of food products like herbs, spices, and frozen seafood, among others.
“With ISI, cost-effective commercial sterilization services can help build resilience in agri-fishery from shelf-life and post-harvest losses on top of improving health and safety amid the pandemic. Moreover, improving local production to export quality opens the country’s doors to the international market,” Juat said.
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