The Government of the State through SEDRAE, promotes the establishment of the Irradiation Plant with Acceleration of Electrons in Aguascalientes, with a global investment estimated at around 15 million dollars, as a project of regional and strategic impact for the agri-food sector, This was announced by the Secretary of Rural Development and Agribusiness of the State, Manuel Alejandro González Martínez.
It should be noted that the irradiation of food is a technology that improves the safety and shelf life of food, decreasing or eliminating microorganisms and insects that could affect the health of the final consumer.
On a work tour for the state of Texas in the United States, the head of SEDRAE held a meeting with entrepreneurs of the corporate eFoods Imports, chaired by Gerardo Meave, and met with researchers at Texas A & M University, a pioneer in this irradiation technology.
Manuel Alejandro González explained that the project of an irradiation plant is based on a mixed scheme of local and foreign investors, where the local capital is expected to be at least between 30 and 40 percent of the global investment, and it is intended that the location be in the Agroparque.
The head of Sedrae said that according to the work policy of the state governor, Martín Orozco Sandoval, to encourage the generation of value to agri-food products and strengthen marketing, this project was presented last year to potential investors, in response to the requirements of the agroindustrial of our entity, with the purpose that they can count on this irradiation process and bring some of their products to export, since for its commercialization it is essential that they go through this procedure.
The state official pointed out that the participation of eFoods Import in this project was contemplated due to his knowledge and experience in the subject, since they operate another irradiation plant for medical instruments in Tijuana, in addition there could be interest to participate with capital for the plant in Aguascalientes
On the other hand, during his visit to the faculty of the Texas A & M University, the signing of a collaboration agreement for the redesign of the packaging was finalized, which will better implement the irradiation process, due to the fact that the institution has studied the pasteurization or sterilization of food using this method for years.
It should be noted that the University already has protocols approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA for its acronym in English), for the importation of irradiated Mexican products such as guava and mango and is currently studying the feasibility of irradiating meat and Frozen vegetables.
This project is of regional impact because not only fruit host of the fruit fly can be irradiated, such as guava, peach, pomegranate, fig, among others; but also another type of food that seeks to enter the American market by meeting strict safety standards.
This process of irradiation seeks to increase the shelf lifeof fruits and good results have been obtained in strawberries and otherberries, as well as having a good impact on dried chiles and tamale leaves.