Edipeel, also known as Apeel, is supposed to be a colorless, odorless, tasteless coating for fruit and vegetables that’s “safe” to consume.
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According to a 2019 Food and Agriculture Organization report, approximately 14% of all fruit and vegetables produced for human consumption are lost or wasted between the field and supermarket.
Who and What is Apeel?
Apeel-treated produce can be found in several large grocery chains in the U.S., including Walmart, Costco, Kroger, Trader Joe’s, Harps Food, and many others and stores in Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, and Canada. As of October 2020, the company had also received regulatory approval in Kenya, Uganda, Costa Rica, Colombia, and Ecuador.
According to one of Apeel’s submissions for generally recognized as safe (GRAS) recognition, the primary components of Edipeel are 2,3-dihydroxypropyl palmitate (PA-1G) and 1,3 dihydroxypropan-2-yl palmitate (PA-2G).
Apeel is relying on existing science used to approve the use of E471/mono- and diglycerides and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s GRAS system. In fact, it’s considered so safe by regulators, no acceptable daily intake is considered necessary.
According to Apeel’s GRAS application individuals who eat large quantities of vegetables and fruit could, in theory, consume up to 218 mg/person/day. Even more, if they include a lot of potatoes.
Apeel-treated produce can be identified by looking for the produce stickers.
The company’s FAQs say that there is only one ingredient but then says it’s only composed of food-grade (multiple) ingredients made from “plant materials.”
If you were curious if you can remove the spray, their FAQs essentially say you can try but won’t succeed. “You could likely remove some of Apeel with water and scrubbing, but it’s unlikely that you’d be able to remove all of it without damaging the fruit or vegetable. Apeel forms a barrier of edible material on the skin or peel, and it wouldn’t maintain the fruit’s natural freshness if it was easily removed.”
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Besides Bill Gates, other investors to Apeel include the Rockefeller Foundation, the World Bank Group, Anne Wojcicki, co-founder and CEO of the personal genomics company 23andMe, and Susan Wojcicki, former CEO of YouTube (she stepped down in mid-February 2023).
By May 2021, Apeel Sciences was valued at $1.1 billion.
Apeel Science’s founder, James Rogers, Ph.D., is an agenda contributor to the World Economic Forum (WEF) and a WEF Young Global Leader. In 2018, Rogers stated his company would use synthetic biology rather than extracting its ingredients from real food.
The arrival of Apeel in the marketplace reminds us of the many reasons to prioritize our purchase and consumption of local, traditionally produced, organic (check with suppliers to see if they are using Apeel products), biodynamic, and chemical-free foods wherever possible.
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