‘Natural’ Preservative Bisin Makes Food Last for Years
By James Lenhart

Bacteria in a petri dish compressed

A new naturally occurring preservative called bisin was discovered accidentally by microbiologists at the University of Minnesota. I don’t know about you, but every time I hear or think of “preservatives” I get kinda nauseous. It makes me think of all the chemicals used to make stuff look better than what it really is. After all, food brands rely on marketing and looks to attract buyers.

There are obvious concerns that come with this new “natural” preservative — especially when it’s claimed that bisin can extend the shelf-life of food by several years and apparently does not have any harmful effects on your body. My main concern is long term use and the effects it could have in ten years. Of course I’m no scientist.

Apparently bisin is made up of harmless bacteria and will destroy other bacteria including salmonella and E. coli. Both of which pose threats to us every day.

Most people I know prefer to buy fresh food when it comes to produce, but if approved by the FDA and USDA we could see drastic changes in how often we need to buy certain things. For example, you won’t need to throw out that gallon milk you used for two bowls of cereal because it’ll be good until you use it. I wont lie, I’m skeptical, but this could really change things — especially for the food industry.

If bisin is able to do what these scientists claim I’d imagine it won’t go through without a fight from the food industry.


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