ArT Wine Preservation - What makes ArT safe & What else can ArT preserve?
Being health conscious, I always read the ingredients of the foods I plan to eat. It has become a standard practice and I regularly put something back on the shelf because of one or more ingredients.
In fact, someone telling me an item is “safe” is not good enough. Definitive proof of safety is necessary. This practice has continued in my daily life and used with ArT Wine Preservation to ensure the best quality for our customers.
For that reason, we wanted to take a minute to demonstrate the safety and provide the documentation about our product to our customers.
For starters, we can look at GRAS status. GRAS stands for Generally Recognized As Safe by the FDA. For the purpose of preserving food and wine, argon has been documented as “GRAS”.
Note: FDA approval is not necessary (or possible) due to the GRAS status. Since FDA approval is unnecessary, we have not received it nor will we. Products that claim FDA approval, even in cases where FDA approval is unnecessary, are in violation of federal law. We refer to the GRAS status for evidence of safe use.
Will the argon go “bad”?
No - there is no expiration date. Since argon is a non-reactive noble gas, it will not degrade or spoil. It will last for many years if stored: 1) between 40° and 110° F to prevent overpressurizing and 2) without physical abuse (don’t beat it with a bat) and 3) without exposing to sudden heat sources such as fire.
Can I travel on an airplane with it?
According to the Department of Transportation, you may travel with ArT in a checked bag but not carry-on (non-flammable aerosol). However – we recommend checking with your specific airline carrier, as they may have more stringent rules.
How else can we use ArT Wine Preservation?
To start, let’s look at what ArT does. ArT uses argon to displace oxygen in a container. The requirements are 1) a container 2) a way to seal that container and 3) an item that spoils in the presence of oxygen. That simple. Besides wine, what else spoils in the presence of oxygen? Lots of things.
We currently focus on the wine market. However, we also have tested it successfully on: avocados, strawberries, spices, coffee beans. To take advantage, place your item in a container, and spray. We plan to expand on this idea in the future. The wine technology is meant to be a platform to reduce food waste (40% of the food we produce ends up in the landfill).
What can’t I do with Argon?
It will not get you high. We are not sorry about that one.
We do want to make a particular note that argon displaces oxygen, that is why it works so well to preserve your wine! That means that it will not support life. In small internal tests we find ArT to be incapable of reducing oxygen for those who misuse it (such as trying to breath it straight). However, we strongly discourage this practice as it could reduce oxygen intake and cause dizziness or potentially worse.
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About the Author:
Ryan is a Purdue engineer with a background in production and application of inert gases such as argon. Currently, he is bringing eco-friendly inert technology to consumers to reduce waste with self-recycling atmospheric gases.