A good example is to look at who has all the patents for graphene research. It mostly ain't us.
You totally ignored the entire point about the dangers of having all this Cobalt-60 lying around all over the country, unprotected in the hands of idiots, but instead choose to defend the image of these food processors and the quality of their contaminated product, responding with a standard "citation please"? WTF is wrong with you? Whatever your motivations, you need help.
This is why food irradiation using radioactive elements, fondly rejiggered with the euphemism "cold pasteurization", is so insane. There are cheap food factories all over the U.S. with amounts of Cobalt-60 much greater than in this recent heist, with laughable security, all so we can be fed rotten, contaminated food they shouldn't be selling anyway.
The possible costs so outweigh the questionable "benefits" in this case, there is no other way to describe this terrorist-tragedy-waiting-to-happen other than willful, reckless endangerment of the lives of millions. All to make a few more dollars selling diseased meat.