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Mayabeque, Cuba_ The National Center for Agricultural Health (CENSA) has one of the 3 Ganma irradiators at the laboratory level that exist in the country. This is a device that allows, among other functions, the radio-sterilization of thermo-sensitive materials.

It is an armored car radiator of Hungarian manufacture, classified as Category I with Cobalt 60 sources and an initial activity of 24,000 Kuri with capacity to process up to 5 liters.

It is primarily intended for the radio sterilization of thermo sensitive material, the decontamination of different types of materials such as packaging and medicines, active ingredients that do not meet the microbiological quality required for their use, also for radio sanitizing food and thus guarantee the food safety and use in the radio mutagenesis of plants, parts of plants and seeds with economic interest, actions that are added to all the scientific action of CENSA, located in San José de las Lajas.

At present, the radiator is in the licensing phase, both of the self-shielded radiator and of the personnel trained to start it up. It is a nuclear radiation equipment and therefore it is highly complex, so it requires that those who operate it have to be qualified and trained, as well as the rest who are responsible for maintenance and repairs.

For this reason, everyone who goes to work with the team is trained by the manufacturers, in addition to having previous courses related to nuclear safety.

The start-up of the equipment is expected for the end of January and the beginning of February, once the entire licensing stage has been completed.

When the Ganma irradiator begins to operate, it will allow the development of projects and services in favor of radio decontamination, fundamentally in the medical-pharmaceutical industry throughout the country.

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