Absorber claimed to extend meat’s shelf-life

Plastic packaging company Faerch Plast has claimed its new absorber extends the shelf-life of fresh meat and fish, as well as reducing wastage.

Faerch’s new PPI UltraZap® XtendaPak is placed just under the packaged meat and is claimed to limit bacteria growth, as well as “enabling the fresh product to better retain its juices”. The company also said the absorber can help to extend shelf-life by one or two days and “keeps the meat attractive right up to the expiry date”.

Claims have followed extensive laboratory and customer testing, which showed a reduction in the formulation of bacteria, Faerch said. However, it added this was the case as long as the meat’s initial quality, product flow and cold chain were up to standard.

Faerch Plast UK managing director Joe Iannidinardo explained: “The special feature of this new absorber is that it is activated when the packaged meat begins releasing juices on about the third day. The absorber then slowly emits CO2, over several days, keeping the bacteria level low and improving the meat’s ability to retains its juices. This not only keeps the meat itself fresh, but also fresh in appearance, right up to the expiry date.”

According to the company, the addition of an extra one or two days’ shelf-life could have an effect on the amount of meat thrown away. Recent figures from the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) warned that each UK household was wasting six meals on average each week.

Iannidinardo added: “It is great news that we can now offer our customers trays with a PPI absorber. This provides a number of benefits for producers and retailers and we have a strong expectation that the absorber will reduce wastage and extend shelf-life, which is a major focus area for retailers at the moment.”


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