NatureSeal Inc showcased its First Step prewash for leafy greens and whole produce at the Produce Marketing Association (PMA) Fresh Summit International Convention & Exposition in Atlanta GA recently.
The company has received the Organic Materials Review Institute listing for its First Step 3000D prewash product. This listing allows First Step 3000D to be used in certified organic production of food processing and handling according to the US Agriculture Department (USDA) National Organic Program rules. Various formulations of the First Step product line have already received approval from the United Kingdom’s Soil Association and most recently ECOCERT certification in France.
This new prewash line is designed for maintaining quality and extending shelf life in fresh-cut and minimally processed fruit and vegetables. Based on a combination of fruit acids and minerals, First Step is a viable alternative to chlorine-based washes without the concerns common with storing and usage of hazardous halogenated chemicals.
First Step provides many benefits to both conventional and organic processors. Unlike chlorine-based treatments, which can leave an undesirable odor or even a tainted taste, these products are odorless and tasteless, leaving the end produce with a more wholesome appeal. It is considered to be safer for workers and kinder to the environment.
The product is offered in both concentrated liquid and dry powder formulas.
NatureSeal is a subsidiary of Mantrose-Haeuser Company Inc, headquartered in Westport CT. Mantrose provides edible film coatings for the pharmaceutical, confectionery, and agricultural industries. NatureSeal was originally co-developed and patented with the USDA.
Access www.mantrose.com for more information.