Controlled Atmosphere Packaging

Lundy, Period 4, Sara Tanner

What Is It?

Steady state environment comprising of a special blend of oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide, monitored and maintained to extend the shelf life of certain products in a warehouse or storage area.

How Has CAP Affected Access to Fruits & Veggies?

Freshness is absolutely vital to foods such as fruits and vegetables, so having a long shelf-life and protective packaging is of the utmost importance. Thankfully, CAP is a viable and beneficial way to achieve both means cheaply and efficiently.

What Has CAP Influenced?

Being a chemically-centered form of storage, grains, legumes, and oil seeds undergo the method easier, along with fruits (mostly apples and pears).

Responsibility of the FDA

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It consists of the Office of the Commissioner and four directorates overseeing the core functions of the agency: Medical Products and Tobacco, Foods and Veterinary Medicine, Global Regulatory Operations and Policy, and Operations.


The FDA is responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, effectiveness, quality, and security of human and veterinary drugs, vaccines and other biological products, and medical devices. The FDA is also responsible for the safety and security of most of our nation’s food supply, all cosmetics, dietary supplements and products that give off radiation.

Consumer Concerns for CAP

This technique requires strict temperature control, costs twice as much as vacuum packaging, and the container and packaging vary from product to product. There is also fear of the chemicals inhibiting certain signs of spoilage so consumers won't be alerted to the contamination.

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