Food Goleta Lab Develops Spray-On Coating That Can Keep Fruit Fresh As Long As A Month

23:05  20 november  2019
23:05  20 november  2019 Source:   losangeles.cbslocal.com

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GOLETA (CBSLA) — There’s nothing better than fresh fruit – except for how hard it is to eat all of it before they go bad. A Goleta lab has developed a spray-on coating that tackles that very problem.

In Goleta, Apeel chemists have developed a coating that acts as a second skin for produce. The company claims the compounds they use all come from plants, and there’s no need to wash it off before eating them.

“The concept of creating a barrier is not new,” USC food scientist Dr. Roger Clemens said. “Apples for generations have been coated with carnuba wax, carnuba wax that you put on your automobile. This is an edible form of carnuba wax.”

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Slap a Fresh Coat on it. Since people struggle to avoid wasting all that food and the market for unsightly-but-good vegetables still isn’t there, a Californian startup called Apeel Sciences developed a thin, transparent, edible coating that can keep food fresh much longer than normal, according to

So how can fresh food be protected more effectively? After extensive work in the lab , the startup The coating is primarily made of organic plant waste - such as shells, stems or pips, depending on what is regionally available. It's estimated that Edipeel keeps fruit fresh for four times as long as normal

Most fruits start rotting as soon as they’re picked, even though they generally appear perfectly ripe when they’re on display in grocery stores.

“All produce is perishable,” said Jenny Deu, vice president of operations for Apeel. “In the U.S., we’re losing about 200 pounds of food per person per year.”

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The spray-on coating that Apeel developed is made up of fruits and vegetables that people are already eating.

“In some ways, it’s like the reverse of cooking. We want to throw all these individual ingredients together to make a complex mixture,” Deu said. “How do you do that in reverse order so that you actually go down and, you know, isolate a very targeted set of ingredients?”

Chemists are especially interested in fat molecules that lock in moisture and keep out oxygen. The result is a spray that can extend the life of a banana for more than a week, an avocado for two weeks, and a mango for nearly a month.

“There’s less that you would throw away. More money that you would save,” Deu said.

Since the spray is made up of components people are already eating, Clemens says he doesn’t expect any adverse effects from ingesting the coating, which has already been deemed as “Generally Recognized As Safe” by the FDA.

Asparagus, limes and avocadoes sprayed with Apeel will show up in Ralphs and Costco stores early next year.

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