You stop into the local convenient store during your lunch hour and know you’re not going to be getting a home cooked meal. But you still want to be able to grab something fresh and delicious. After looking around for a few minutes, you find that you are surprised by how many things on the shelf actually look like they just might be pretty appetizing. So, you grab a sandwich and a soft drink and add them to your points calendar. When you open your sandwich to eat it, you are pleasantly surprised at how fresh it is. What you may not realize is that the freshness of your sandwich has a great deal to do with the food sealing machines that sealed not only your sandwich but most of the food in the store. Over the last 100 years, the food service industry has taken enormous strides in keeping food safe. In addition to keeping food safe, the industry has been able to extend the shelf life of many different types of food and drink that previously could only last for a short amount of time before going bad. Every year in the United States, one out of every six people get sick from some kind of food bourne illness. Roughly 128,000 people go to the hospital every year and 3,000 people die. While that number might seem high, the fortunate truth is that it is dramatically down from even 50 years ago. Food sealing machines have dramatically increased the longevity of food, keeping costs down and the general public more healthy in the long run. Food packaging equipment such as food vacuum pouches has been designed to keep food fresh long after that food has been made. From the factory to your favorite convenient store, packaging machines ensure that what you have time to wolf down at lunch won’t cause you trouble before you leave the office at five. Vacuum sealers have been proven to be one of the most effective ways to keep food fresh. They can preserve food items up to five times longer than when those food items are stored in plastic containers or plastic bags. At the same time, the use of plastic in and of itself has done wonders for reducing food waste. For every pound of plastic used to keep food fresh, the food waste is reduced by 1.7 pounds. Without the use of plastic, there would be no way we could keep up with the demand of food or keep people from getting sick as often as they did in the beginning of the 20th century. No matter what type of food you enjoy eating, food sealing machines have inarguably changed the way we store food, eat food, and dispose of food. Today’s modern technology has provided us with all we need to try our best to stay healthy. So, if you must, grab that sandwich from the convenient store and enjoy it with confidence.
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