Vegetables and Fruits

Review of FreshPaper

FreshPaper

What are they?

A piece of paper that claims to inhibit bacterial and fungal growth as well as enzymes that causes over-ripening.

What do you get?

32 sheets of 4"x4" brown paper that is suppose to smell like maple. We didn?t think the smell was very strong. We assume that since it is sitting in a paper bag, that the smell dissipates between the time it is packaged, and when it actually gets to a buyer's home.

What is the price?

You can purchase 32 sheets for $19.99 ($.62 per sheet). They are not reusable. They do not claim to be recyclable.

What are the beneficial claims?

Taken from their website:

"FreshPaper is infused with organic spices that inhibit bacterial & fungal growth, as well as enzymes that cause over-ripening. FreshPaper is a safe, remarkably effective, organic solution to spoilage."

How do they work?

The claim is that they inhibit bacterial, fungal and enzyme growth.  However, there is no reference to any scientific data that would be responsible for this to happen. There is no data to justify the claims.

When we called, they said...

They said that the papers work through special spices that kill bacteria, making produce last longer.

Independent reviews or scientific study

Consumer Reports reported in 2013, “Reusable airtight containers seem like a better way to save the world. FreshPaper helped in only one of our scenarios: Used with strawberries stored in their original containers and placed in the fridge, it staved off mold for at least two weeks, by which point those without FreshPaper had grown fuzzy. The countertop strawberries were quickly fuzzy whether they had FreshPaper or not; the airtight-container fruits were inedible (though mold-free) either way after three weeks.

Fenugreen claims the product contains no major allergens, but it does include fenugreek, a legume that is like a peanut and can have similar allergens, according to a recent study. People with peanut allergies may need to think twice about eating products touched by FreshPaper"

Our take

With no scientific data to back up claims, along with the risk of those with peanut allergies, we would recommend that FreshPaper be regarded skeptically.