For Bakery Products preservation one of the most used process is to add a little quantity of potable alcohol on products before its packaging. Why ? Let’s try to explain why we would use alcohol to preserve the quality of our daily products.
Far from common believes, potable alcohol or ethanol is a natural liquid substance that is employed In many fields in touch with people even in the food industry.
From the outside ethanol is characterize by a typical aroma and its clear liquid. It is also volatile and highly flammable, because of this it very important to take many precautions when it is used.
In the following list we can find some of the most important proprieties of ethanol:
MAIN ADVANTAGES FOR THE EMPLOY OF POTABLE ALCOHOL IN THE FOOD INDUSTRY:
Potable alcohol is made by natural fermentation of sugars, so it is completely natural. Together with sugar, salt, oil and vinegard; ethanol is classified in the natural’s preservative substances.
Thanks to its natural antifungal properties ethanol is very efficient in the food preservation. Especially in Baker industry it is employed with non dried products like bread, buns, snaks exct.
The high quantity of humidity inside of the packaging is the ideal climate for the develop of mold and mildew. The only way to ensure their conservation of a good quality product till the consumer is to add a precise quantity of potable alcohol.
RULES AND LAWS ABOUT THE USE OF ALCOHOL IN THE FOOD INDUSTRY
The main producer of bread and similar products apply this process day by day in their production lines, but how can we be sure that the quantity of alcohol inside the packaging it is not harmful for humans?
Many legislations regulates the use of potable alcohol, especially in the food industries. Generally in the Bakery market the max quantity allowed is 2% of product’s weight and on it must be reported on the labelling.
HERE you can find the EU regulation on food safety:
Thanks to those regulations the products preserved with potable alcohol are totally safe. Moreover using this natural substance prevents from the employ of chemical preservatives which were largely diffused in the past years.