FOOD CHEMICALS: Bananas will soon have New Industrialized Chemical Spray…May be Deadly for Those Allergic to Shrimp, Crab (and no longer vegan)
(And if the FDA holds true to its long history, there won’t be any warning labels)
Why Bananas Might Not Be Vegan Anymore
Your bananas may soon become non-vegan! How can that be? It turns out, a new spray-on coating designed to lengthen the shelf life of bananas may contain animal parts. At the National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society this week, scientists unveiled a spray that reportedly will keep bananas from ripening for up to 12 extra days by killing the bacteria that causes the fruit to turn brown so quickly.
…the coating includes chitosan, a derivative of shrimp and crab shells, so if the coating reaches the banana (not just the peel), the fruit would no longer be considered vegan. Additionally, shellfish and seafood are two of the most common causes of allergies.
“Someone who eats a banana every day—and many people do—could develop an allergy or a low-grade reaction to the shellfish where she or he didn’t originally have one”
(Currently, the coating is not available in stores. [The] research team is hoping to replace one of the ingredients in the spray, so it may be a while before this becomes a reality.)
I am not Vegan but holy shit this is nuts! Wax, in my opinion, is one thing, but I feel like this is something completely different. - AK