LUBBOCK (January 8, 2013)—MicroZap, Inc., of Lubbock says its technology will keep bread mold-free for 60 days.
The company bombards bread with microwaves for about 10 seconds, which kills the mold spores, chief executive officer Don Stull said.
The process could eliminate bakers' need for preservatives and the ingredients used to mask their flavor, increase bread's shelf life and reduce food waste, he said.
Researchers also see application of the technology in developing countries where there are fewer food safety standards and spoilage is a bigger problem.
After 60 days, researchers found the treated bread that hadn’t been opened had the same mold content as a loaf fresh from the oven.