An Israeli firm has developed a natural, non-toxic repellent to keep bugs away from food.
Caesarea-based company, Biopack, extracted the specific chemical elements in plants and fruits that ward off insects and can be used from post-harvest stage to the factories and warehouses, as well as in packages, English.news.cn reported.
"Our product is natural, safe, and insects do not develop a resistance against it, since it's not pesticide, it's a repellent," Biopack CEO Shlomo Navarro told Xinhua.
"The food industry usually uses pesticides that are harmful to humans, but our solution is completely natural and can be used with organic foods as a coating that will drive bugs away," he added.
Navarro and his team managed to come up with a repellent for a wide variety of insects by isolating the natural chemicals used by some plants, such as soybean that repels chinch bugs, or celery that repels cabbage moths.
Biopack developed the product in 2004 and is still waiting for a final official approval.