The Pakistan Nuclear Safety & Radiation Protection
(Treatment of food by Ionizing Radiation) Regulations, 1996
1 Short title and commencement
3 Types of ionizing to be used
5 Hygiene and scope of food to be treated
6 Conditions for treatment
7 Packaging requirements
10 Dosimetry method
11 Inventory Control
13 Insurance of certificate for irradiation food items
14 Issuance of certificate for irradiated food items
Pakistan Nuclear Safety & Radiation Protection (Treatment of food by Ionizing Radiation) Regulations, 1996
5th March, 1996
In exercise powers conferred by section 8 of the Pakistan Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection Ordinance, 1984 (IV of I 984). Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission is pleased to make the following regulations namely: –
1. Short title and commencement:
(1) These regulations may be called Pakistan Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection (Treatment of Food Ionizing Radiation) Regulations, 1996.
(2) These regulations extend to the whole of Pakistan.
(3) These regulations shall come into force at once.
(1) In these regulations unless there is anything repugnant in the subject or context:
(i) ‘food’ shall have the same meaning as given in Pure Food Ordinance, 1960.
(ii) ‘ionizing radiation’ shall have the same meaning as in Pakistan Nuclear Society and Radiation Protection Ordinance, 1984 (IV of 1984).
(iii) ‘treatment’ means treatment of food by ionizing radiation.
(iv) ‘irradiation’ means subjected to treatment, and
(v) ‘schedule’ means schedule to these regulations.
(2) The words and expressions used in these regulations not defined herein, shall have the meanings assigned to them in the Pakistan Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection Ordinance, 1984 (iv of 1984).
3. Types of ionizing to be used:
(1) The following types of ionizing shall be used namely-
(a) gamma rays from radionuclides Co-60 and Cs.137,
(b) X-rays generated from radiation apparatus operated at or below an energy level of 5 Mev; and
(c) Electrons emitted from radiation apparatus operated at or below an energy level of 10 Mev.
(2) The over all average dose absorbed by a food subjected to treatment shall not exceed ten kilogray (kGy).
(1) No person, unless he obtains a License from the Directorate of Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection, shall-
(a) carry out the business of treatment; and
(b) manufacture and prepare food for treatment provided that the selling and distributing of such food shall be exempt from the provisions of licensing
(2) No person shall treat any food other than the foods specified in Schedule-1 and only foods which fall within one of seven permitted classes of food specified in that Schedule shall be treated However, the mixture of food from the same class, for example a blend of herbs and spices may be treated
(3) Every application for a License mentioned in sub-clause (a) of clause (1) shall be made as prescribed by regulations 11 of Pakistan Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection Regulations, 1990 alongwith a deposit receipt of the License fee specified in Schedule-1 of the said Regulations and for License fee as specified in Schedule-II
(4) Every irradiation facility used for the treatment shall be-
(a) designed to meet the requirements of safety, efficacy and good hygienic practices of food processing, and
(b) Staffed by adequate, trained and competent personnel.
5. Hygiene and scope of food to be treated:
Food to be treated shall be good quality, acceptable hygienic condition and shall be handled before and after the treatment according to good manufacturing practices taking into account the particular requirements of the technology of the process.
6. Conditions for treatment:
(1) The treatment shall be permissible when it fulfills the technological need or serves a good hygiene purpose.
(2) ‘The treatment shall no be used as substitute for good manufacturing
7. Packaging requirements: The packaging material shall be of suitable quality, acceptable hygienic condition and according to the requirements of the facility prior to its treatment.
(1) Except for foods with low moisture content (cereals, pulses, dehydrated food and other such commodities) treated, for the purpose of controlling insect reinfestation, the foods once irradiated shall not be re-irradiated
(2) For the purpose of these regulations food shall not be considered as having been re-irradiated when-
(a) the food prepared from materials which have been treated at low dose levels e.g about 1 kGy, is treated for another technological purpose;
(b) the food, containing less than 5 percent of irradiated ingredient, is irradiated, or
(c) the full dose of ionizing radiation required to achieve the desired effect is applied to the food in more than one instalments as part of processing for a specific technological purposes.
(3) The cumulative over-all average dose absorbed shall not exceed ten kGy as a result of re-irradiation.
9. Labelling: Every package of food treated shall be marked with-
(a) the words ‘Food irradiated by ionizing radiation’,
(b) the green LOGO as prescribed in the Schedule-III, and
(c) a statement ‘Not to be re-irradiated
10. Dosimetry method:
(I ) A radiation dosimetric monitoring at the facility shall be provided by the licensee, which shall state the methods of dosimetry and frequency of calibration of dosimeters to be approved by the Directorate of Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection.
(2) The doses applied shall be commensurate with the technological and public health purposes and shall be in accordance with good radiation treatment practice as given in Schedule-1.
11. Inventory Control:
(i) The licensee shall maintain the record showing-
(a) date of treatment,
(b) name, quality and quantity of food treated,
(c) dose of treatment;
(d) the dosimetry during treatment, and
(e) type of package used for food;
(2) The processing record shall be kept for a minimum of three years post irradiation and shall be made available to the authorized Inspector concerned, on demand.
(1) The inspectors of Directorate of Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection shall enforce the provisions of radiation safety and shall carry out regular inspections.
(2) Premises and records shall be open for inspection to Inspectors of Directorate of Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection by the management of the facility.
13. Insurance of certificate for irradiation food items: The licensee shall issue to the owner of the product a certificate to be labelled on each batch of food treated showing the following-
(a) code number of the irradiation,
(b) License Number issued by the Directorate of Nuclear safety and Radiation Protection,
(c) Name and quantity of the product;
(d) The date of irradiation,
(e) The purpose of irradiation,
(f) Source and dose of irradiation, and
(g) Expiry date of food irradiated.
14. Issuance of certificate for irradiated food items:
(1) No person shall import or export any food, which has been treated unless he obtains no objection certificate (NOC) from Directorate of Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection.
(2) No objection certificate (NOC) for import shall not be issued to any person unless he produces a certificate from the relevant competent authority or the country of origin showing that the food to be imported was treated in conformity with the doses specified in Schedule-1.
(3) No objection certificate (NOC) for export shall not be issued to any person unless Directorate of Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection is satisfied that the food to be exported was subjected to treatment in licensed facility in conformity with the doses specified in Schedule-II.