Revolutionary new edible food coating made from seeds and fruit pulp will stop bananas going mouldy and veg shrivelling up

Daily Mail
By Sean Poulter
June 13, 2019

Fruit and veg­eta­bles will stay fresh for up to three times longer thanks to a new ‘nat­ur­al and edi­ble’ coat­ing hailed as a break­through against food waste.

It is made from plant-derived mate­ri­als found in seeds and fruit pulp and forms a nat­ur­al oxy­gen bar­ri­er pre­vent­ing every­thing from bananas to avo­ca­dos from decay­ing so quickly.

The coat­ing also means fresh pro­duce can be sold by super­mar­kets with­out the need for plas­tic, which could remove mil­lions of tonnes of waste packaging.

Ear­li­er this week, the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion gave safe­ty approval for the use of the new coat­ing, which is called Apeel, for use on select­ed produce.

The US firm Apeel Sci­ences has signed a part­ner­ship with Euro­pean dis­trib­u­tor Nature’s Pride – and avo­ca­dos using the coat­ing will go into British stores lat­er this year with oth­er fruit and veg to follow.

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