Revolutionary new edible food coating will cause fungi and vegetables to sear

That is fresh thinking! Revolutionary new edible food coating made from seeds and flesh will cause bananas that mold and vegetables to scorch

  • The European Commission has given safety approval for the use of the new coating
  • The coating is made from vegetable material found in seeds and flesh
  • Also means that fresh produce can be sold by supermarkets without the need for plastic

Fruits and vegetables stay fresh up to three times longer thanks to a new & # 39; natural and edible & # 39; coating that is labeled as a breakthrough against food waste.

It is made from plant-based material found in seeds and flesh and forms a natural oxygen barrier that ensures that everything from bananas to avocados doesn't fare so quickly.

The coating also means that fresh products can be sold by supermarkets without the need for plastic, which means millions of tons of waste packaging can be removed.

Earlier this week, the European Commission approved the safety of using the new coating, called Apeel, for use on selected products.

The coating is made from vegetable material that occurs in seeds and flesh and forms a natural oxygen barrier

The coating is made from vegetable material that occurs in seeds and flesh and forms a natural oxygen barrier

The US-based Apeel Sciences has signed a partnership with European distributor Nature & # 39; s Pride and avocados using the coating will visit UK stores with other fruits and vegetables to follow later this year.

Time-lapse videos and photos show the remarkable ability of Apeel, which controls moisture loss and limits oxygen supply, to extend the life of fruits and vegetables.

For example, untreated bananas turn black after ten days, but those treated with Apeel remain vividly yellow. Green beans are shriveled and browned in the same way, while the treated beans stay green and are good to eat.

The treatment was found to benefit summer fruit, avocados, tomatoes, apples, mango, asparagus, artichokes and a lemon – which was fresh after 54 days.

Edible breakthrough in the fight against food waste

What is Apeel?

A family of vegetable coatings that keep production fresh for up to three times longer. It leads to a longer shelf life and less cooling and packaging.

How does it work?

It keeps moisture in with fresh produce and oxygen, which drastically slows down the speed at which it decays.

What is it made of?

Vegetable lipids and glycerolipids that occur in the peel, seeds and pulp of fruit and vegetables.

Is it safe to eat?

Yes – it is made from edible plants and has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.

How is it applied?

It is given to partners as a powder and mixed with water. It can be applied with spray, dip or brush-on methods.

Can you taste or smell it?

No, Apeel is colorless, odorless and tasteless.

Any risk of food allergy?

Apeel products are based on lipids, which are not a source of regulated allergens. May affect people with an allergy or sensitivity to fruit or vegetables.

Will it wash off?

Scrubbing would remove some but not all without damage. Products that use the coating are labeled.

The nation throws 10.2 million tons of good food per year with an estimated value of £ 20 billion – £ 500 per household. Approximately 50 percent of the fruit and vegetables in the EU, including Great Britain, are lost and more than half of them after food has been brought home, according to a 2012 UN report.

Earlier this month, Environment Secretary Michael Gove urged supermarkets and restaurants to achieve food waste halved by 2030, calling it a & # 39; environmental, economic, and moral scandal & # 39 ;.

The Apeel system – partially funded by UK taxpayers through an international development subsidy to increase food security in developing countries – can play an important role in reaching the target. Apeel Sciences already sells treated avocados in American supermarkets such as Kroger, Harps and Costco, which report a 50 percent reduction in food waste.

It is also approved for use in Japan, China, Mexico, Chile, Peru and Colombia.

James Rogers, chief executive of Apeel, a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer and one of Time Magazine's 50 Genius Companies, said: “The products stay fresh two to three times longer, some more sustainable growth practices, food from better quality, and less food waste for everyone.

& # 39; For growers, suppliers and retailers, Apeel is the only post-harvest solution that creates an optimal microclimate in each product, leading to a longer shelf life and transportability – with less dependence on cooling and a controlled atmosphere. & # 39;

Mr Rogers said that the breakthrough was particularly relevant for Great Britain, where concerns about plastic packaging and waste are increasing.

Mr. Rogers, who presented the system at the Produce Show and Conference in London in early June, said he suggested British farmers use grain such as berries, cucumbers and asparagus.

The government's food surplus and waste champion, Ben Elliot, said that reducing food waste is essential to reduce climate change emissions.

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