Apple wax Rumor
Rumour Date: 6/8/2016
Rumour: Is the wax layer on apple surface causes cancer?
In the last period many websites have been mentioning a rumor about the wax layer covering some apples outer surface imported from America and some European countries, the rumor claims that there is a waxy carcinogen layer covering apple surface to increase the apple shelf life and to form a smooth shiny coating, and this material is present in the pores of the apple peel. It is also claimed that this layer cannot be removed by water only without peeling, and that most of the imported containers contain warnings clarifying the dangers of eating apple peel and in several languages, however, these warnings aren’t reaching the consumers.
- Newly harvested apple is naturally covered by wax layer which prevent apple from wilting and weight loss as a result of water loss, it also protects the fruit from micro-organisms and maintain it for a longer time.
- In addition, apple and some other fruits and vegetables are covered by an additional layer of wax which is considered as safe and internationally approved food additive. These waxes are extracted from natural materials and not from petroleum or
metal and has no side effects according to the US Food and Drug Administration FDA. It is used in small quantities where two drops of wax per fruit are sufficient, noting that the consumption of these waxes is safe and has no side effects if consumed within the approved limits according to the Gulf and international food standards.
- Waxing is not used for apple only but also for lots of vegetables and fruits, and many types of cheese, such as Gouda cheese and Edam cheese treated by red wax which is used for the same purpose of wax used for fruits and vegetables. The following natural materials are commonly used for waxing:
- Candelilla wax (E902)
- Carnauba wax (E903)
In Dubai, these materials are analyzed in the laboratory for compliance with the Gulf food Standards and safe limits used.
People wish to get rid of these waxes can use these washing methods:
- Washing by using brush and warm water.
- Washing by using brush and a solution of natural vinegar by adding 10 ml of vinegar per liter of water.
- Washing by using brush and a solution of water with a teaspoon of lemon juice and a teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate.
- It’s not recommended using detergents in washing fruits and vegetables.