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Irradiation has been used for years to sanitize everything from the items in the space program, hospital bandages, and contac lenses to feminine products, gel caps, and spices. Until three years ago, irradiation required the use of a nuclear energy force or a radio isotope like cobalt. Since then, simple electricity has been used fro irradiation at the National Center of Electron Beam Food Research at Texas A&M.
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