Fruit label devised to double as wash

A US engineer has developed a printable adhesive fruit label made of an organic soap that cleans the fruit as it dissolves under running water.

Scott Amron of New York-based Amron Experimental said his Fruitwash labels overcome the problem of sticky residues left by conventional labels while reducing waste and improving food hygiene.

"I thought the labels could serve a secondary purpose rather than being thrown away," he told National Public Radio's food blog.

The USA has a number of specialist home fruit and vegetable washing products on the market. But a University of Tennessee study found they offered little benefit over simply washing with water.


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