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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