Docstoc

Know How Oxygen Absorbers Enhance the Shelf Life of Food

Document Sample
Know How Oxygen Absorbers Enhance the Shelf Life of Food Powered By Docstoc
					The presence of oxygen encourages the proliferation of microbial growth. This particular aspect is a
concern when it comes to the storage of food and drugs. Using oxygen absorbers can help reduce
oxygen from the immediate environment. It is evident from this that while oxygen is required by every
living being, in some cases it can cause significant damage. It leads to the deterioration of different types
of food items and metals. But by doing away with this gas from the immediate atmosphere, the growth
of microorganisms and other bacteria can also be put to a stop. There are various packets and stripes
that contain desiccants that absorb oxygen from the air. By using these, stored food products and drugs
can be saved from change in taste or color. In the past, expensive methods such as vacuum packing or
gas flushing had to be used to eliminate oxygen. But desiccants are a very economical way to carry out
the same function in a safe manner. Below are some of the advantages of using oxygen absorbers:



     They help to increase the shelf life of products. This aspect is particularly important in the retail
sector where food products need to be preserved for several months. A product with a short shelf life
also gives rise to several logistical problems.



     Also, these materials play an important part in preserving the original taste, smell, texture and
taste of different types of snacks, dry fruits, grains, tea and coffee etc. As we know, when these products
come in contact with oxygen or moisture, they lose their original taste and flavor.



     Foodstuffs contain a number of vital vitamins that need to be preserved. When these vitamins
come in contact with oxygen, they get oxidized. So if you need to preserve vitamins such as A, C and E in
your food products, you could use an oxygen absorber.



     While certain types of bacteria are acceptable in food products, the presence of pathogens can be a
health hazard. If oxygen is not eliminated from the food product in question, pathogens could rapidly
breed.



     Also, dairy products are very delicate and perishable. Oxygen absorbers are highly useful in
retaining the delicate flavors and texture of cheese, yogurt, and fermented dairy products.

				
DOCUMENT INFO
Shared By:
Tags: Know, Oxygen
Stats:
views:13
posted:7/21/2012
language:English
pages:1
Description: The presence of oxygen encourages the proliferation of microbial growth. This particular aspect is a concern when it comes to the storage of food and drugs. Using oxygen absorbers can help reduce oxygen from the immediate environment.