(Image Credit: BBC News)


BY CELIA MURRAY

ANCHOR CHRISTINA HARTMAN



The next best thing since sliced bread? Scientists from American company, MicroZap have come up with a way to keep bread mold-free for up to 60 days.

By zapping the food in a special microwave, scientists say the spores can be killed. And they say, it can be used on other foods like fruits and vegetables.


The Daily Mail describes the machine, saying it’s kind of like a regular household microwave...

“But the machine introduces different types of microwaves using a slotted radiator. This results in a consistent 'signal density', which means that the machine does not have 'hot and cold spots you get in your home microwave'.”


MicroZap says this could dramatically cut the amount of food wasted.  

In the US, a Natural Resources Defense Council study reported the average American family throws away 40 percent of the food they purchase - adding up to $165 billion dollars annually.


The company also believes zapped bread could be better than the loaves already on the shelves. A writer for Discovery News says...

“Currently many bread manufacturers add preservatives to their products to extend the bread's shelf life. They then add extra chemicals to mask the taste of the preservatives. By zapping the bread, it may be possible to avoid using preservatives altogether.”



Other benefits of the new research center around prevention of illness. Around 48 million Americans suffer from contaminated food every year according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Guardian details some other individuals who could benefit from the innovative technology.

“...the company hopes to get a nod from the Pentagon, which ships out tens of thousands of non-perishable meals to war zones as ‘MREs’ or meals-ready-to-eat.”



The microwave technique even works on fruit, although scientists say they are still having trouble with cantaloupes.
 

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Nov 30, 2012

Does 'Nuked' Bread Last 60 Days, Cut Food Waste?

(Image Credit: BBC News)


BY CELIA MURRAY

ANCHOR CHRISTINA HARTMAN



The next best thing since sliced bread? Scientists from American company, MicroZap have come up with a way to keep bread mold-free for up to 60 days.

By zapping the food in a special microwave, scientists say the spores can be killed. And they say, it can be used on other foods like fruits and vegetables.


The Daily Mail describes the machine, saying it’s kind of like a regular household microwave...

“But the machine introduces different types of microwaves using a slotted radiator. This results in a consistent 'signal density', which means that the machine does not have 'hot and cold spots you get in your home microwave'.”


MicroZap says this could dramatically cut the amount of food wasted.  

In the US, a Natural Resources Defense Council study reported the average American family throws away 40 percent of the food they purchase - adding up to $165 billion dollars annually.


The company also believes zapped bread could be better than the loaves already on the shelves. A writer for Discovery News says...

“Currently many bread manufacturers add preservatives to their products to extend the bread's shelf life. They then add extra chemicals to mask the taste of the preservatives. By zapping the bread, it may be possible to avoid using preservatives altogether.”



Other benefits of the new research center around prevention of illness. Around 48 million Americans suffer from contaminated food every year according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Guardian details some other individuals who could benefit from the innovative technology.

“...the company hopes to get a nod from the Pentagon, which ships out tens of thousands of non-perishable meals to war zones as ‘MREs’ or meals-ready-to-eat.”



The microwave technique even works on fruit, although scientists say they are still having trouble with cantaloupes.
 

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