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Old 24 June 2010, 07:32 PM
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Comment: I just received this email and I would like you to check if it's one
of "those". I am sure it is but maybe you can confirm it:

Be Careful when eating apples. Please don't eat the skin of the apple
because it's coated with wax. Check before you eat many of the fruits.
WAX is being used for preservation purposes and cold storage. You might
be surprised especially apples from USA and other parts are more than one
year old, though it would look fresh. Becox wax is coated, preventing
bacteria to enter. So it does not get dry. Please Eat Apples after removing
the wax as demonstrated below. Please follow this and let know others...

Hope it will be of benefit to you & others..

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Old 24 June 2010, 07:37 PM
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Why would it be harmful to eat a tiny amount of wax on the skin of an apple? Wax is a fairly benign substance and is an ingredient in some packaged foods, right?

Also, if this wax is making it possible to sell me year-old apples, why do they still shrivel and go bad in my house within a couple of weeks? I didn't wash off the wax, did someone come and steal the wax from my fruit while I was away?
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Old 24 June 2010, 07:38 PM
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Oh Noes! WAX!!!11!eleventy!!

So it is covered in wax, so what? Last I checked wax couldn't hurt you.

I wonder how shocked the author of this piece would be if he knew how much honeycomb I ate as snacks as a kid?
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Old 24 June 2010, 07:39 PM
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Carnuba wax and food-grade shellac are edible, so you don't have to remove them from apples prior to eating.
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Old 24 June 2010, 07:41 PM
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Also, if this wax is making it possible to sell me year-old apples, why do they still shrivel and go bad in my house within a couple of weeks? I didn't wash off the wax, did someone come and steal the wax from my fruit while I was away?
Yeah, so I was meaning to bring this up to you. I'm going to be needing a copy of the new key since you changed your locks last month. I'm completely Jonesing for my applewax fix and I can't get in anymore without breaking a window.
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Old 24 June 2010, 11:30 PM
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Why would it be harmful to eat a tiny amount of wax on the skin of an apple? Wax is a fairly benign substance and is an ingredient in some packaged foods, right?

Also, if this wax is making it possible to sell me year-old apples, why do they still shrivel and go bad in my house within a couple of weeks? I didn't wash off the wax, did someone come and steal the wax from my fruit while I was away?
The wax is in no way harmful. It is formulated to be edible if not exactly pleasant. So are those little stickers on apples. You can eat them too. Trust me they aren't very nice on their own (it was a dull night.)

To answer the more important question apples are waxed and kept in Controlled Atmosphere (CA) storage with reduced oxygen. This means that we can keep the glut of apples from harvest time long into the period where there are no apples available. This controls the availability and price.

The downside is that CA stored fruit tends to deteriorate very quickly after being removed from CA - two weeks after purchase sounds about right for it to go manky.
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Old 24 June 2010, 11:41 PM
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"Thanks for Wacthing" indeeed!

Personally, I won't eat any apple unless it has been rinsed with dihydrogen monoxide! You might be surprised, but many apple orchards in the US and other parts depend on frequent application of dihydrogen monoxide.
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Old 25 June 2010, 03:58 AM
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They dig potatoes out of the dirt! I swear to you, before they make it to the store, they've practically had a bath in common garden soil!

Don't get me started on scallions...
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Old 25 June 2010, 11:57 AM
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Mushrooms are grown in POOP! POOP I tell you!
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Old 25 June 2010, 01:31 PM
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Is this really news to anyone? I first noticed wax on apples when I was a kid and would scrape across the skin with my fingernails. I never thought it was something to be alarmed about.
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Old 25 June 2010, 01:37 PM
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I'm not sure after rereading it (and subjecting myself to the video with the appalling soundtrack) if the alarm is over the wax itself or the fact that the wax allows fruit to be sold in a fresh looking condition months after it last saw a tree.

Now ask me about those eight month old melons we sold once.
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Old 25 June 2010, 02:40 PM
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Should we tell him about the other fruits and vegtables that may be coated in wax, or should he just live on in blissful ignorance?
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Old 25 June 2010, 02:43 PM
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Nah just tell him about sulphur dioxide pads in boxes of grapes.
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Old 25 June 2010, 04:21 PM
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The wax is there to make the fruit shiny and appear... fresher? healthier? more appetizing?

I suppose the more waxy apples you eat, the more likely your head will explode when you are standing too near the Arc of the Covenant with your eyes open.
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Old 28 June 2010, 03:32 PM
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I just assumed the wax was about eye appeal. You're more likely to go for the shiny apples than for the non-shiny apples.

Doesn't matter to me, I usually take 'em home & clean 'em & the wax comes off in the cleaning.
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Old 29 June 2010, 05:05 PM
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I'm eating some Godminster Cheddar (packed in wax) and trying to figure out how to avoid getting wax into the cheese. Some little bits don't taste like anything, but I'd still like to know how to avoid it, I'm certainly doing something wrong.
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Old 29 June 2010, 05:38 PM
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I heard this warning as far back as '84 from a college roomate.

She also didn't want me to install a smoke alarm, even though she and her boyfriend smoked like chimneys and I had all manner of flammable art supplies stored in the house. She thought the alarm might have a wee bit of radiation in it.
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Old 29 June 2010, 06:12 PM
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The smoke detector chamber of some types of smoke alarm does have radioactive material in it.

Not enough to worry about unless you are planning to live for a thousand years and keep the device next to you at all times during that period though.
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Old 29 June 2010, 07:24 PM
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The smoke detector chamber of some types of smoke alarm does have radioactive material in it.
true, ionization detectors have a very small amount of Americium (the quantity used is less than a millionth of a gram. In fact the way that they work emphasises how harmless it is, as the Alpha particles produced are stopped by particles of smoke too small to see.
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Old 02 July 2010, 01:27 AM
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Wouldnt wax make it impossible to wash pesticide residue off?
Im sure its hard to get off in the first place since its designed to adhere to a plants surface during a thunderstorm.
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