Fruit and vegetable disinfection

Why is fruit and vegetable preservation so important?

How can we increase the shelf life of fruit and vegetables?

In the UK, over 2 million tonnes of fresh produce is lost or wasted each year in the supply chain alone.

2 million tonnes! That is the equivalent weight of:

  •  The average body weight of 25,714,285 people
  • 166,666 empty double decker buses
  • 5,398 Boeing 747 airplanes

That is an unbelievable amount of fruit and vegetable wastage.  These figures represent the supply chain only; this doesn’t take into account the amount thrown out by households each year

How does this happen?

Contamination can take place during any stage of a crops life;

  • Harvesting
  • Handling
  • Cleaning
  • Transportation
  • Storage
Fruit and vegetable waste

Our project

In 2013 Bridge Biotechnology embarked on a project with a number of partners:

The project was Funded by DEFRA (Department of Environment, Food and Rural affairs) through the Technology Strategy Board.

The aim of this project was to:

  • Improve commercial practices
  • Maintain produce quality
  • Reduce waste within the food supply chain

Our product ESOL was delivered using fogging technology to fresh fruit and vegetables.  This approach reduces the presence of microorganisms capable of causing food borne diseases, increasing food safety.

ESOL was chosen for this project specifically due to the solution ultimately reverting to salt and water after use.  An additional advantage  of using ESOL was its compatibility with wide-spread use. Spraying and fogging ESOL has the benefits of a surface disinfectant within industry processes.

Laboratory based and large scale trials have already been completed.  It is believed the use of this technology to control food associated microorganisms, will result in significant positive impacts on the food supply chain.

Do you want to know more? We would love to hear from you