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AGELESS Q&A

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Q1. Can AGELESS be used for liquid products?

A:Liquid in an oxygen-permeable container can be stored with AGELESS in an oxygen-barrier outer package. Even dissolved Oxygen can be absorbed by AGELESS through the container material after a while.
Note: AGELESS is not designed to be in direct contact with liquid.

Q2. Can AGELESS be used at low temperature?

A:Lower temperatures slow oxygen absorption rates. However, since product deterioration usually slows down at low temperature while activity of microorganisms also slows down, slower oxygen absorption does not create a problem. We also offer our special type of AGELESS, which SS type for frozen foods.

Q3. Can AGELESS be used with vacuum packages?

A:Since the amount of air is already decreased in a vacuum package, a smaller size AGELESS can be selected. However, in the case of a strong vacuum ratio, place the AGELESS into a free air-flow stream, with some distance between the product and the packaging film.

Q4. Can AGELESS be used with gas purge packaging?

A:AGELESS can be used with the nitrogen gas replacement system. However, this combination will result in a slow rate of oxygen absorption due to the low initial oxygen concentration; therefore, select a larger size of AGELESS to compensate for the delay in oxygen absorption. In addition, gas replacement will tend to result in an imbalanced replacement rate; therefore, when using AGELESS with gas purge, please use a size of AGELESS larger than the calculated size. Carbon dioxide gas replacement and mixed carbon dioxide-nitrogen gas replacement are not recommended for use with AGELESS, as carbon dioxide will inhibit the oxygen absorption of AGELESS.

Q5. Can AGELESS be used with high-temperature sterilization methods?

A:If AGELESS is used with high-moisture products in boiling or retort sterilization the AGELESS sachet may rupture, depending on the food characteristics, packaging form, and heating conditions. please make a test with the actual packaging material to judge the applicability of use.

Q6. Will the deoxygenation rate be affected by the location in which AGELESS is placed in the container?

A:Yes. Generally, AGELESS will eliminate oxygen more quickly when placed directly on the product. Even with self-reacting AGELESS types, deoxygenation will take longer when placed under the food tray than if placed on the product; therefore, application tests should be conducted with AGELESS placed at the chosen location under actual conditions.

Q7. Sometimes AGELESS heats up during production packaging; is this normal?

A:If the master bag containing a self-reacting type of AGELESS is left open, or if the individual packets are taken one by one from the master bag, heat generated from the reactions of AGELESS may accumulate in the bag, causing the bag to feel hot. Always spread ou the packets on a tray to avoid decreased performance. The roll and belt types may become hot during use, but this will not affect performance as long as they are used within the specified working time.

Q8. I use only a small quantity of AGELESS at a time. Will opening and closing the master bag affect the performance of AGELESS ?

A:Repeated opening and closing of the master bag is not desirable, as it will cause the AGELESS to repeatedly come into contact with air. We recommend that you divide the AGELESS into small quantities and place these in bags constructed from a high gas barrier material so as to reduce the frequency of contact between AGELESS and the atmosphere.

Q9.We had no problems in winter, but food spoilage occurred sooner when it became warmer.

A: In winter, the air temperature is low and the air is dry; consequently, the ability of microorganisms to propagate is reduced. The amount of microorganisms in the production environment and the initial number of viable bacteria are reduced, and microorganism growth during storage is suppressed; thus, food can be stored efficiently. However, when the weather is warm, microorganisms such as yeast and facultative anaerobes, which can grow in anaerobic conditions, will grow rapidly and may cause earlier food spoilage.
Generally, when AGELESS is used with food susceptible to the growth of mold and food spoilage, storage testing in winter alone is not sufficient. Please conduct storage testing of the actual packaging material again during seasons with higher air temperatures, reevaluate the type and size of AGELESS used, and set the expire date accordingly.Please note that AGELESS and other oxygen absorbers conduct are not effective in preventing spoilage due to anaerobic microorganisms. You should always carefully test your product to determine whether you have a problem with thaese organisms or not.

for consumer

Q1. How can AGELESS be disposed of?

A:The material in AGELESS packing is made from plastic film that includes paper. It should be disposed of by adhering to local community regulations.

Q2. What happens if AGELESS is accidentally consumed?

A:The main constituents of AGELESS include iron powder and vitamin C, while the main constituents of AGELESS EYE include inorganic salts and colorants. These constituents have been confirmed to be safe in acute toxicity tests by official institutions. The packing materials used in AGELESS and AGELESS EYE pass standard regulations for food containers, plates and packing set by the Ministry of Health and Welfare notice 370 issued in 1959 and notice 20 issued in 1982 as a material that is able to come in direct contact with foodstuff.

What if the powder in AGELESS comes in contact with my eye?
This may cause scarring on the eye. Wash with copious quantities of water and seek medical advice from a doctor.
What if AGELESS (AGELESS EYE) packing is swallowed whole?
This may damage the esophagus and digestive organs. Seek medical advice from a doctor.
What if the powder in AGELESS comes in contact with my skin?
Wash with soap.
What if the powder in AGELESS accidentally enters my mouth?
Wash your mouth out with water.
What if AGELESS is boiled (with noodles etc) ?
While there are no health concerns, the iron powder and other components may adversely affect the taste of the food. If the AGELESS packing is ripped open, the iron powder may become mixed with food. Eating the food is not recommended in this case.

Q3. I warmed up a food product which contains AGELESS in a microwave oven.

A:AGELESS must be removed before warming up a food container with AGELESS in a microwave oven. If AGELESS is left remaining and warmed up, the product may cause sparking and burn the container, possibly catching alight. Sterilized rice and similar products may use containers that can be used in a microwave. Refer to the notes on the packaging for more information.

Q4. The AGELESS has become hot.

A:When opening foodstuff packaging, oxidation may cause the AGELESS to become hot. The amount of heat released is small and should not result in burns. There is also no concern for fire. The amount of heat released and time will differ with the type and packing of AGELESS.

Q5. Can AGELESS be reused?

A:AGELESS cannot be reused. After foodstuff has been opened, remove and dispose of AGELESS.

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