An important reason why food and pharmaceutical products spoil is oxidation. Countless researchers had searched for ways to make such products last longer, but it was MGC that finally produced one of the great inventions of the twentieth century—Ageless oxygen absorbers, which help preserve food and medicine by absorbing the oxygen inside product packaging.
The secret to absorbing oxygen
Ageless is mainly comprised of iron, which reacts to oxygen faster than any other substance. By making use of that property, MGC’s researchers were able to remove oxygen by oxidizing iron powder, thereby preventing food products from oxidizing beforehand. That led to the release of Ageless oxygen absorbers in 1977.
What if Ageless had not been developed?
Tests show that if Ageless is not used in food packaging, mold quickly appears on rice cakes, sweets must be eaten within three days at most, the salt and sugar content of processed food increases, and wakame seaweed and grated yam paste change in color to light brown. Without Ageless, we would not have semi-dried noodles, frozen pizza, and retort rice products, or see snacks and side dishes on sale in convenience stores. Indeed, the development of Ageless has made it possible for people to easily enjoy all kinds of delicious and fresh foods every day. Furthermore, since the shelf life of food products can be extended, the amount of food that is thrown away has been greatly reduced. By cutting down on food loss, Ageless is helping improve food conditions around the world.
Protecting everything from daily goods to human health and cultural artifacts
The original purpose of Ageless was to prevent food and pharmaceutical products from being oxidized. MGC has modified the size and shape of Ageless sachets in response to customers’ needs, and the Ageless lineup currently includes about 600 types of sachets designed to suit a wide range of applications and be included in various types of packaging, such as containers and film packages. Those applications are not limited to food preservation; Ageless is also used to maintain the efficacy of medicine, protect metal and electronic parts, and even help preserve cultural artifacts such as books, textiles, and works of art. For example, it is being used to preserve ancient paintings from the Kitora Tomb in Nara Prefecture, Japan.
How the product was originally named
When first developing its oxygen absorbers, MGC chose the English word ageless as the product name to express its purpose of preserving the quality of food and other items by protecting them from oxygen.
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