Edible, antimicrobial food coatings such as oregano, lemongrass and cinnamon oils can kill E. coli bacteria on food, according to the USDA, but more research will be required to determine its effectiveness on commercial produce.
Months after the Mohammed cartoon controversy, products from Denmark-based Arla Foods are slowly making their way back onto the shelves of nearly 50% of the 50,000 Middle East markets that stocked them in the past.
Edible packaging, which is currently being developed by manufacturers, may extend the shelf life of foods and offer a environmentally safer alternative to traditional aluminum foil or vacuum packaging.
The U.K.'s first factory capable of recycling HDPE resin found in plastic milk bottles could break ground within a year. The Waste and Resources Action Programme, the agency in charge of the plant, is hoping to attract commercial sponsors after the first few successful resin-recycling trials.