Organic covering protects fruit, vegetables and meat

Source: Revista Fapesp

The great novelty about the new type of packaging is that the consumer does not have to remove it. It can be eaten without causing any harm to health because it is not metabolized by human organism and passes through the gastro-intestinal tract harmlessly. The packaging serves to prolong the shelf-life of fruit, dairy products, meat, fish and other perishable foodstuffs, maintaining their structural integrity and protecting them from the micro-organisms that cause product degradation. This innovation forms part of a study carried out in a partnership between Brazilian and Portuguese researchers for developing edible films and coatings on a micrometric and nanometric scale for use with food.

Source: FAPESP, October 18th, 2011

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