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Food Technology Service Inc. (VIFL) is Offering Rays of Hope for Health

Headquartered in Mulberry, Florida, Food Technology Service Inc. provides irradiation services for medical products, food products, and consumer goods. This process enhances the safety of these items by reducing or eliminating harmful insects and microorganisms. The company is part of the Business Services industry and trades on the NASDAQ. Founded in 1985, they commenced operations in January of 1992 upon the completion of their Florida irradiation facility.

The irradiation services the company provides use gamma radiation produced by Cobalt 60. This radiation extends the shelf life and disinfects fruits, vegetables, and meat products. The company also uses the gamma radiation produced by Cobalt 60 for the sterilization of medical, surgical, pharmaceutical, and packaging materials. Food Technology Service Inc. is ISO-certified for the provision of radiation sterilization services for medical devices.

Food irradiation has the support of the United States Department of Agriculture, the World Health Organization, the United States Public Health Service, the American Medical Association, the Institute of Food Technologists, and other reputable scientific and medical organizations in the United States. Over forty countries have approved the irradiation of food products, with the United States Food & Drug Administration having approved irradiation as a safe and effective means of processing a variety of foods. The company utilizes gamma irradiation because it can penetrate dense material.

The company’s headquarters consist of a 22,600 square-foot warehouse and loading and unloading area, a 3,200 square-foot office area, and a 3,000 square-foot irradiation chamber and Cobalt 60 storage cell. The company’s irradiation processing plant consists of a radiation source, an automated conveying system, and operating safety controls. The company designed this facility to operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The company’s irradiation operation is the only commercial irradiation facility in Florida.

In 2005, the company began a series of enhancements to increase their medical sterilization customer base. They hired a dedicated quality assurance manager, purchased a state-of-the-art system used to measure irradiation dose, and received ISO certification for sterilization of medical devices. They constructed their new warehouse, and expanded their processing capacity. The company is positioning themselves for future growth with an infrastructure in place ready to propel them and their shareholders’ to greater profits.

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