Israeli non-toxic solution keeps bugs out of food

By David Shamah (Israel 21c) – Israel’s Bio[pack] makes a package coating from plant extracts already programmed by nature to repel insects. It can also be sprayed around the perimeter of warehouses.

If you’ve ever been disgusted by the sight of a winged creature flying out of a newly opened box of cereal or other packaged food, read on.

Insect infestation is one of the biggest problems facing food manufacturers and distributors, who fight a constant battle to keep bugs out of factories and warehouses. Many pesticides are off-limits to food producers because of their toxicity, which makes this struggle even tougher.

“After some study, we discovered a perfectly natural and safe way to keep insects away from food,” says Prof. Shlomo Navarro, co-founder of Israel’s Bio[pack]. “Our solution is natural, safe, long-lasting and unlikely to be something a bug could build up resistance to, unlike chemical pesticides.”

Bio[pack]’s compound can be applied to food packaging or used alone around a warehouse perimeter as an area repellent.