More than 40% of fruits and vegetables produce are disposed of during harvest, storage, handling, transportation, processing, and distribution stage. One of the reasons for the losses from fresh produces is the inappropriate type of packaging used. Common packaging materials used to pack fresh fruits and vegetables are sacks and bamboo baskets. Such packaging may affect the quality of the produces.
Food losses can be caused by one or more of the following:
- Microorganisms such as bacteria, yeast and moulds
- The activity of food enzymes
- Infestation by insects, parasites and rodents
- The inappropriate temperature during processing and storage
- Loss of moisture
- Reaction with oxygen
- Physical stress or abuse
These negative activities will result in changes in quality, colour, texture and food safety of the fruits and vegetables. In order to minimise such losses, pack your fruits and vegetables with Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP)!
Using the MAP provides controlled levels of gases transmission in and out of the bag, extending the shelf life of fresh fruits and vegetables.
It replaces the air within the packaging with predetermined atmospheric gases different in proportion from that of air. The main gases that are injected into the packaging include Oxygen, Carbon Dioxide, and Nitrogen. The selection and ratio of gases are dependent on the material that is being packed. These gases provide a balanced and safe shelf-life extension with optimal organoleptic properties of the product.
*Temperature control is extremely important as it will influence gas permeability properties of the film.
The MAP bag is ideal for applications for retail, storage, and export.
The MAP bag is also available in microperforated and biodegradable materials.
Should you require any other information, please contact us for a free consultation!