Now, restaurants, hotels, grocery stores, food service companies and companies looking to offer fresh cut fruit that lasts up to 500 times longer have an organic solution with eatFresh-FC, a blend of organic certified minerals, fruit acids and vitamins that prevent oxidation while controlling the growth of yeast, mold and coliform bacteria that can result from aging food, keeping fresh cut fruit delicious and safe to eat.
In a 21-day test, a fruit bowl containing watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe and pineapple were treated with eatFresh-FC and held with no organoleptic change, while yeast, mold and coliform bacteria remained well under the threshold of fresh cut fruit. The lab test was completed by Food Microbiological Labs in Cypress, California.
“This is unprecedented in the world of fresh cut produce, so we are thrilled with the results and the positive impact it can have as we strive towards zero waste,” commented Mareya Ibrahim, Founder and CEO, eatCleaner®. “As a company, we have been dedicated to food safety and freshness solutions for over a decade, and now, with the rise in popularity of fresh cut produce, this is an organic, clean label solution that can help companies innovate new products and gain added distribution at a fraction of a penny per serving. And the flavor of eatFresh-FC leaves no aftertaste on the fruit. As a chef, this was extremely important to me as I was developing the product with my father, an environmental scientist,” added Ibrahim.
The average shelf life for fresh-cut melons and pineapple is 3-5 days. eatFresh-FC can offer 500%+ additional shelf life, saving processors money and keeping food out of landfills. According to the USDA, about 83% of waste comes from homes, food service companies, retailers and restaurants. eatFresh-FC can help eliminate millions of pounds of waste in the US alone annually.
“Organic food waste and the billions of pounds that are thrown into landfills annually have a significant impact on the environment. As the industry pursues ways to prolong shelf life and offer ready-to-eat solutions for a growing audience desiring convenience, eatFresh-FC will play a critical role and fills a hole that has not been filled in the industry,” mentioned Dr. Shawki Ibrahim, co-inventor, GGI. “Aside from eatFresh-FC, we also produces eatFRESH-FCA, specifically designed for cut avocados and apples, and eatCleaner, an organic way to cleanse produce and also extend shelf life up to 5x longer. Offering these consumer and commercial solutions will open up distribution channels and help utilize food more efficiently to help prevent hunger and waste,” added Ibrahim.
eatFresh-FC can also be used in food preparations such as dips, sauces and ready-to-eat products, thus extending the application of shelf life extension and sensory preservation to other food categories. It has been proven effective on a range of products, from coleslaw to hummus, sushi to chicken lettuce cups. Shelf life extension of guacamole to 21 days, fruit bowls to 21 days and apple slices to 26 days have all been proven by 3rd party labs. Also, no special equipment is required to use GGI’s patented solutions.
eatFresh-FC is available in a 3 oz. individual-use packet and in a bulk 50 lb. bag for food processors, retailers and food service companies.
eatCleaner® offers a full line of patented, lab proven and organic products for home and food service use, including produce washes, wipes and anti-browning products for cut produce, including avocados, apples, melons and berries.
For more information on eatCleaner® food safety and freshness solutions, lab tests and specs, please contact eatCleaner at firstname.lastname@example.org.