Courtesy NatureSeal Inc.The green garlic treated with NatureSeal's First Step (above) maintained its moist, green tops 13 days later. The untreated green garlic (below) showed deterioration after 13 days.A new prewash solution from NatureSeal Inc. designed to extend the shelf life of fresh-cut and minimally processed produce recently earned a listing from the Organic Materials Review Institute, certifying it for use in organic production, processing and handling.
In a July 27 news release, Westport, Conn.-based NatureSeal described its First Step 3000D prewash as an alternative to chlorine washes. It includes a combination of minerals and fruit acids to extend shelf life and does not create storage and use concerns associated with halogenated chemicals. It is also sulphite-free.
The product is already in use in Europe and the United Kingdom, having earned approval from the UK Soil Association and ECOCERT certification in France. The listing from the Organic Materials Review Institute makes is eligible for use under the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program Rules.
First Step 3000D can also be used in non-organic operations. Unlike chlorine-based products, the First Step line is odorless and tasteless, according to NatureSeal. Benefits include inhibiting enzymatic browning, maintaining texture and reducing liquid purge in a wide variety of fresh-cut produce.