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How does Cobalt-60 help keep food safe?

Cobalt-60 keeps your food clean and safe

You wouldn’t think it, but the safety of the food you eat depends on a radioactive isotope produced at OPG’s Pickering Nuclear Generating Station. Find out about how Cobalt-60 keeps our food clean and safe in this video.

Did you know?

  • Cobalt-60 rids food products of insects and harmful bacteria, like E.coli, through gamma sterilization
  • Food irradiation does not make food radioactive or compromise nutritional quality
  • Since 1971, Cobalt-60 has been safely harvested at Pickering Nuclear GS
  • 50% of the world’s supply of Cobalt-60 comes from Ontario