SERVICES

At HEPRO a wide range of products are irradiated including Herbs and Spices, Honey, Bee Hive Products, Garlic, Ginger, Scientific Laboratory Equipment, Medical Devices and Consumables, Pharmaceuticals, Cosmetics, Packaging as well as the Phytosanitary application of irradiating Fresh fruits for export. In addition to the irradiation HEPRO Cape offers a validation and transport service as well as  facilitating on-transportation.

SPICES

Spices, being dry products, respond well to irradiation to control insect infestations and microbiological control.

Pathogens are destroyed and the acceptable TPC is achieved as set out in the Regulations as published by the Department of Health.

Doses are typically in the range of 2kGy to 10kGy.

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MEDICAL

Irradiation for the sterilisation of medical products has been used for more than 40 years in the control of bacteria, viruses and other pathogens.

Gamma Irradiation is a reliable and effective technology against a broad spectrum of pathogens and viruses.

Products are irradiated in their final packaging as the gamma rays penetrate the packaging.

There is never a residue and products may be used immediately after having been irradiated.

PHARMACEUTICAL AND COSMETICS

Products for the Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic Industries are being irradiated for control of microbiological contamination and this complements the use of heat treatment by these industries.

Gamma Irradiation is a reliable and effective technology against a broad spectrum of pathogens and viruses.

Products may be irradiated as raw materials or in their final packaging as the gamma rays penetrate the packaging.

There is never a residue and products may be used immediately after having been irradiated.

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IMPORTED HONEY

The purpose for irradiating honey is to control American Foulbrood Disease (AFB) which is common throughout the world and devastating to beehives as it destroys the grubs before they have a chance to develop. Very quickly the hive dies out as no new bees hatch. The disease is easily spread from hive to hive as the bees pollinate the same plants.

Honey is received in 300Lt drums, tested for antibiotics by the Department of Health and once found free of a spectrum of said antibiotics, the go ahead is given to proceed with irradiation.

The irradiation of the honey before it is used by the various industries prevents the spread of the AFB.

South Africa is the only country which legislates for the irradiation of honey as a method to control AFB.

Honey being used for medical purposes is irradiated at high doses -25kGy (for treatment of burn wounds among other applications).

BEE HIVES

Bee hives are irradiated to ensure that they are free of American Foulbrood Disease (AFB) as well as other diseases.

Beekeepers use this method for maintenance of the hives before placing the hives in the fields.

Irradiation has been used at times of disease outbreaks in preference to burning the hives as the hives may then be re-used thus saving time out costs.

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ANIMAL HEALTH AND PET PRODUCTS

Imported pet chews made from bovine or porcine hides are irradiated as a quarantine measure to prevent potential spread of pathogens. The resulting product is safe for pets and avoids bringing diseases into homes, thus safeguarding people against diseases.

Food for laboratory animals is irradiated so as to ensure there are zero pathogens present on the food which is fed to immune compromised animals.

IMPORTED FRESH GARLIC, GINGER, ONIONS FOR THE PREVENTION OF SPROUTING

Garlic which has been freshly lifted is irradiated at a low dose to prevent the garlic from sprouting.

Similarly Ginger and Onions are irradiated to prevent sprouting

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PACKAGING

Irradiation is a non-invasive method for controlling packaging already in its final shipper. No residue is left on the packaging and at the high doses, is completely sterile and ready to receive the contents.

Packaging of all types are being irradiated at HEPRO for various industries such as the Pharmaceutical, Cosmetic, Fruit Pulp and many others.

PHYTOSANITARY TREATMENT

Phytosanitary treatment for market access using irradiation.

HEPRO Cape has been licensed by the United States Department of Agriculture to irradiate table grapes for export to the USA.

Several fruit types have been extensively tested, namely plums, litchis, persimmons, citrus, apples and pears.

Fruit exported to the USA currently must undergo a Cold Sterilisation process entailing the continuous application of -0.55 ⁰C for a minimum of 22 days. For many fruit types this is too harsh a process and thus they cannot be exported to different countries. Irradiation offers a technology which is effective against a broad spectrum of insects – does not heat the fruit and is relatively quick. Its costs compare well with the cold sterilisation technique and opens new markets for fruit not able to be treated with cold sterilisation.

 

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TRANSPORT

Loads of up to 10T are transported to and from clients and to the customers of clients in and around Cape Town metropolitan area.

VALIDATION

Full validation services of clients’ products after irradiation is offered.

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