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Canada: Corn-based product to preserve sliced potatoes

An Ontario company in Canada is working on a preservative for fresh-cut potatoes. Guelph based Wellington Agribusiness Investments is using a natural corn protein extract in it’s sulphite-free Potato Saver. They recently completed an extensive set of research trials at the Craig Richardson Institute of Food Technology at Conestoga College. Those tests suggest the product is effective at preventing browning in whole peeled potatoes for 12 to 15 days, when the potatoes are kept refrigerated in a vacuum bag. The company says that research is the last stage before full commercial testing of Potato Saver. The federal government invested in this project through the Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program. (Source:

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