How Oxygen Absorbers Can Help Extend Shelf Life of Food
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Oxygen absorbers are widely used to eliminate oxygen from a sealed environment, creating a nitrogen-filled atmosphere for the long-term storage of food. By reducing the oxygen level within the packaging, they safeguard dry foods from insect damage and preserve the quality of the product. Oxygen absorbers are typically employed when dry foods are packaged in airtight containers. The use of oxygen absorbers can help to prevent spoilage and foodborne illnesses, making oxygen absorbers an important tool for food storage and preservation of nutritional value. They inhibit the growth of aerobic pathogens and spoilage organisms, including molds, and eliminating the need for additives like BHA, BHT, sulfur dioxide, sorbates, benzoates, and so on. The oxygen absorbers function through a chemical reaction. They contain iron powder, which reacts with the oxygen in the air, causing the iron powder to rust. Once all the iron powder has oxidized, the oxygen absorber becomes "loaded," and the absorption process stops. The chemical reaction ceases if the oxygen is removed from an active absorber. However, if placed back in the air, the reaction restarts until all the iron has been consumed.
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