Assorted Apple, Apple Wax is Visible

Is it safe to eat waxed Apples? Yes.|Major Misconceptions|Truth|Apple Wax in India

Is it safe to eat an Apple with wax coating? The answer is YES*. But it might not be YES always. There is nothing to panic if you find wax on Apples when you scratch with your nails, it is there for a purpose. Apple waxing is considered as a Good Manufacturing Practice for use of food additives. When I say “Good Manufacturing Practice”, I mean that it is an inevitable part of fruit processing. There are certain things that you need to know about Apple Wax before getting into wrong conclusions. If the wax treatment is as per permitted standards and residue is within the specified limits, intake of this wax does not cause any harm. Canauba wax is the most commonly used Apple wax used for waxing. It is a product extracted from certain kind of palm in Brazil.

Assorted Apple, Apple Wax is Visible

Assorted Apple, Apple Wax is Visible

What makes waxing necessary for Apples and other fruits?

If you didn’t know farm fresh apple has a natural layer of wax, which prevents it from drying and losing water. Artificial waxing is only a supplement, because this natural wax layer (protective layer of epicuticular wax) is lost during the intense washing and cleaning processes in the factory. And it is necessary to have this coating to prevent attacks from bugs and drying by losing water. Additionally, waxing apple gives a glossy touch to the apples, making it more appealing and tempting.

Wax treatment is a standard practice of processing fruits and vegetables since 1920. One pound of the wax can be used to process as may as 1,50,000 apples. To be more precise, this will leave only a residue of 2 drops per apple, which is literally nothing. I should add that the waxing method is Legal in all the developed countries like the U.S.A and Australia. Difference is only with the type of wax that are permitted to use. This method is also in practice for other fruits like Orange and vegetable like cucumber.

Apple without Wax Coating

Apple without Wax Coating

Apple Wax Usage in India

India is one of the top 5 Apple producers in the World. So what does food safety authority of India (fssai) say about this?

“As per rule 48-E of the PFA Rules, 1955, fresh fruits and vegetables shall be free from rotting and also from coating of waxes, mineral oils and colours. However, there is provision for coating fresh fruits with food additive viz. bee wax (white / yellow) carnauba wax or shellac wax as glazing agent in accordance with the Good Manufacturing Practice for use of food additives under proper label declaration as defined in sub-rule (ZZZ) (24) of Rule 42. Bee wax (white and yellow) or carnauba wax or shellac wax are permitted to be used in accordance with the Good Manufacturing Practice for use of food additives”

Royal Gala Apple from India

Royal Gala Apple from India

Don’t go with the Misconception! Don’t peel the Apple

Most of us are under an impression that the wax on Apples are toxic chemicals and I’ve heard this theory a lot. I know lot of people who peel Apple before eating, especially for feeding kids, worrying about the wax coating. In that case you are trashing most of the fibers and nutrients in the Apple. Unless you are certain that the wax used doesn’t comply to the local food safety authority standards, it would be a big fallacy to peel the Apple before eating. Said that, don’t forget to wash it thoroughly before eating.

I believe that this post was able to clarify your misconceptions. Share this news to your loved ones and comment below if you have any queries.

[:HI]Is it safe to eat an Apple with wax coating? The answer is YES*. But it might not be YES always. There is nothing to panic if you find wax on Apples when you scratch with your nails, it is there for a purpose. Apple waxing is considered as a Good Manufacturing Practice for use of food additives. When I say “Good Manufacturing Practice”, I mean that it is an inevitable part of fruit processing. There are certain things that you need to know about Apple Wax before getting into wrong conclusions. If the wax treatment is as per permitted standards and residue is within the specified limits, intake of this wax does not cause any harm. Canauba wax is the most commonly used Apple wax used for waxing. It is a product extracted from certain kind of palm in Brazil.

Assorted Apple, Apple Wax is Visible

Assorted Apple, Apple Wax is Visible

What makes waxing necessary for Apples and other fruits?

If you didn’t know farm fresh apple has a natural layer of wax, which prevents it from drying and losing water. Artificial waxing is only a supplement, because this natural wax layer (protective layer of epicuticular wax) is lost during the intense washing and cleaning processes in the factory. And it is necessary to have this coating to prevent attacks from bugs and drying by losing water. Additionally, waxing apple gives a glossy touch to the apples, making it more appealing and tempting.

Wax treatment is a standard practice of processing fruits and vegetables since 1920. One pound of the wax can be used to process as may as 1,50,000 apples. To be more precise, this will leave only a residue of 2 drops per apple, which is literally nothing. I should add that the waxing method is Legal in all the developed countries like the U.S.A and Australia. Difference is only with the type of wax that are permitted to use. This method is also in practice for other fruits like Orange and vegetable like cucumber.

Apple without Wax Coating

Apple without Wax Coating

Apple Wax Usage in India

India is one of the top 5 Apple producers in the World. So what does food safety authority of India (fssai) say about this?

“As per rule 48-E of the PFA Rules, 1955, fresh fruits and vegetables shall be free from rotting and also from coating of waxes, mineral oils and colours. However, there is provision for coating fresh fruits with food additive viz. bee wax (white / yellow) carnauba wax or shellac wax as glazing agent in accordance with the Good Manufacturing Practice for use of food additives under proper label declaration as defined in sub-rule (ZZZ) (24) of Rule 42. Bee wax (white and yellow) or carnauba wax or shellac wax are permitted to be used in accordance with the Good Manufacturing Practice for use of food additives”

Royal Gala Apple from India

Royal Gala Apple from India

Don’t go with the Misconception! Don’t peel the Apple

Most of us are under an impression that the wax on Apples are toxic chemicals and I’ve heard this theory a lot. I know lot of people who peel Apple before eating, especially for feeding kids, worrying about the wax coating. In that case you are trashing most of the fibers and nutrients in the Apple. Unless you are certain that the wax used doesn’t comply to the local food safety authority standards, it would be a big fallacy to peel the Apple before eating. Said that, don’t forget to wash it thoroughly before eating.

I believe that this post was able to clarify your misconceptions. Share this news to your loved ones and comment below if you have any queries.

[:de]Is it safe to eat an Apple with wax coating? The answer is YES*. But it might not be YES always. There is nothing to panic if you find wax on Apples when you scratch with your nails, it is there for a purpose. Apple waxing is considered as a Good Manufacturing Practice for use of food additives. When I say “Good Manufacturing Practice”, I mean that it is an inevitable part of fruit processing. There are certain things that you need to know about Apple Wax before getting into wrong conclusions. If the wax treatment is as per permitted standards and residue is within the specified limits, intake of this wax does not cause any harm. Canauba wax is the most commonly used Apple wax used for waxing. It is a product extracted from certain kind of palm in Brazil.

Assorted Apple, Apple Wax is Visible

Assorted Apple, Apple Wax is Visible

What makes waxing necessary for Apples and other fruits?

If you didn’t know farm fresh apple has a natural layer of wax, which prevents it from drying and losing water. Artificial waxing is only a supplement, because this natural wax layer (protective layer of epicuticular wax) is lost during the intense washing and cleaning processes in the factory. And it is necessary to have this coating to prevent attacks from bugs and drying by losing water. Additionally, waxing apple gives a glossy touch to the apples, making it more appealing and tempting.

Wax treatment is a standard practice of processing fruits and vegetables since 1920. One pound of the wax can be used to process as may as 1,50,000 apples. To be more precise, this will leave only a residue of 2 drops per apple, which is literally nothing. I should add that the waxing method is Legal in all the developed countries like the U.S.A and Australia. Difference is only with the type of wax that are permitted to use. This method is also in practice for other fruits like Orange and vegetable like cucumber.

Apple without Wax Coating

Apple without Wax Coating

Apple Wax Usage in India

India is one of the top 5 Apple producers in the World. So what does food safety authority of India (fssai) say about this?

“As per rule 48-E of the PFA Rules, 1955, fresh fruits and vegetables shall be free from rotting and also from coating of waxes, mineral oils and colours. However, there is provision for coating fresh fruits with food additive viz. bee wax (white / yellow) carnauba wax or shellac wax as glazing agent in accordance with the Good Manufacturing Practice for use of food additives under proper label declaration as defined in sub-rule (ZZZ) (24) of Rule 42. Bee wax (white and yellow) or carnauba wax or shellac wax are permitted to be used in accordance with the Good Manufacturing Practice for use of food additives”

Royal Gala Apple from India

Royal Gala Apple from India

Don’t go with the Misconception! Don’t peel the Apple

Most of us are under an impression that the wax on Apples are toxic chemicals and I’ve heard this theory a lot. I know lot of people who peel Apple before eating, especially for feeding kids, worrying about the wax coating. In that case you are trashing most of the fibers and nutrients in the Apple. Unless you are certain that the wax used doesn’t comply to the local food safety authority standards, it would be a big fallacy to peel the Apple before eating. Said that, don’t forget to wash it thoroughly before eating.

I believe that this post was able to clarify your misconceptions. Share this news to your loved ones and comment below if you have any queries.