Food packaging specialist Sirane Ltd.’s new ethylene-absorbing patch helps extend the shelf life of fruits and vegetables.

Telford, England-based Sirane’s Dri-Fresh Fresh-Hold EA patches attract and absorb the ethylene released by produce, slowing down its degradation, according to a company news release.

“Many fruit and vegetables naturally produce ethylene, and unfortunately allowing that ethylene to remain within the packaging will speed up the aging process and ultimately cause a quicker rate of degradation,” Sirane’s Simon Balderson said in the release. “Our Dri-Fresh Fresh-Hold EA labels are a simple, very effective — and cost-effective — solution to the problems caused by ethylene within fresh produce packaging.”

Apricots, avocados, bananas, melons, kiwi fruits, mangoes, nectarines, papaya, peaches, pears, plums and tomatoes are among the commodities that produce significant amounts of ethylene, Balderson said.

Sirane’s new patch can be easily be integrated with any type of packaging — pads, bags, films, cartons or trays — and can be customized to meet specific requirements.

Dri-Fresh Fresh-Hold patches are available in a number of formats for easy application.