The Uasin Gishu County delegation to the 9th World Avocado Congress in Colombia visited a food processing factory in Rionegro, Medellin.
Carpo Factory mainly processes juice. The firm also receives finished products from other companies, with its primary role in this case as increasing shelf life through a technological preservation method.
At the factory, the delegation, led by Deputy Governor Daniel Chemno, were taken through the high-pressure processing exercise that goes as high as 5000 pressure bars.
The products are put into a high-pressure machine and extra cold water pressured and passed through into another chamber of equipment holding the products.
One of the factory managers said: “Food that are taken through this system have their shelf life increased. It worth understanding that we use pressure instead of additives and preservatives.”
A fruit product that the delegation consumed for example, was processed under pressure about 11 months ago. It is still very fit for consumption.
With cancer taking toll of the world population and food preservatives among products blamed for the upsurge of the disease, Deputy Governor Chemno said the equipment can help bring down cases of cancer.
The high-pressure machine also keeps nutritive cells in fruits and food. You can drink a bottle of watermelon juice and get all the important elements in the fruit.
County Executive for Cooperatives and Enterprise Development, Esther Mutai, and Agriculture Chief Officer, Julius Rotich are in the delegation.