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Celina Horak

Radiation Processing Specialist
Department of Nuclear Applications of the International Atomic Energy
Agency (IAEA)

Celina Horak is a Radiation Processing Specialist in the Department of Nuclear Applications of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
She is a Microbiologist, Master in Industrial Food Technology by the Argentine University of Enterprise (UADE) and MSc on Biotechnology by the University of Buenos Aires (UBA).
She has more than 30 years of experience in the field of radiation processing research and applications for health, food and agriculture, environment and industry development. Before joining the IAEA in August 2019, she was Manager of the Centre for Radiation Science and Technology at CNEA, Argentina, and Professor of the Nuclear Engineering Programme and in the Specialization in Nuclear Applications at the Beninson Institute.

Abstract

Widening the meals variety for immunocompromised persons and other target groups by ionizing radiation

Ionizing radiation has shown to be effective in widening the variety of foods and prepared-meals available for target groups such as immunocompromised persons or malnourished, affording them safer, nutritious, and attractive or tasteful options for their diet. 

Low microbial or sterile meals, in addition to shelf-stable and nutritious foods are some of the recent achievements using this technology from different researchers worldwide.  In this presentation I will provide an overview of some of the approaches used to obtain these products and their impact in the society.