Unique study into alternative source of high CO2:
Transport and quality is often a challenging combination. A good product can arrive in Europe as a bad product after several weeks at sea. Various options can be employed to retain the quality of the products. Wageningen Food & Biobased Research recently added a new option: dry ice as a source of high CO2 levels in the transport and storage of soft fruit. A partner is now needed to market the product.
“We wanted to create a high CO2 in a transport container, reefer or lorry to protect the product in the container against decay,” says Eelke Westra, researcher post-harvest technology of Wageningen Food & Biobased Research. We looked for an alternative to SO2, which is CO2. Besides, we also looked for a way to easily keep the CO2 at a high concentration. This became the use of dry ice. It’s mostly about protecting against moulds or other quality defects that can be prevented with a high CO2.”
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