Mexico has at least two irradiation plants. Sterigenics International, in the central state of Hidalgo, is approved to treat food and medical products, including mangoes that are imported into the U.S.; and Phytosan SA's Benebion facility near Guadalajara. The Benebion facility is not operational yet, but is expected to be processing fresh produce by the end of 2010, according to a Benebion spokesman.
There are a handful of irradiation firms in the U.S., including Hawaii Pride LLC and Mulberry, Fla.-based Food Technology Service, Inc.
ScanTech recently received a $2 million equity investment from Texas’ Emerging Technology Fund and is looking for joint-venture partners to help raise another $20 million, Starns said. ScanTech also hired Taylor Freres & Cie, an investment bank based in Switzerland, to help raise capital.
(Note on correction: The original article did not include information about the Sterigenics facility in Mexico.)