shelf life


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shelf life

[′shelf ‚līf]
(engineering)
The time that elapses before stored food, chemicals, batteries, and other materials or devices become inoperative or unusable due to age or deterioration.

storage life, shelf life

The time period for which a material (such as a packaged adhesive or sealant) can be stored, under specified temperature conditions, and remain suitable for use.

shelf life

The time period during which an adhesive, coating, sealant, or the like, can be stored (under specified conditions) and remain suitable for use.

shelf life

The period of time a material can be stored and remain suitable for use. The storage conditions are one of the determining factors for shelf life.
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Claims on shelf life need to be substantiated with product testing.
Shelf life is most influenced by several factors: exposure to light and heat, transmission of gases (including humidity), mechanical stresses, and contamination by things such as microorganisms.
The objectives of this study are 1) To screen biopolymer based coating materials for their compatibility with the mushroom surface; 2) To determine the effect of the coating along with antimicrobials and chelating agents on the quality and shelf life of fresh mushrooms; and 3) To determine the effect of the edible coating on oxygen, carbon dioxide and water vapor transmission rates.
Hopes are high that in the next 10 years they will produce a kind of super broccoli that resists pests, has extra nutrients and has a long shelf life.
Shelf life isn't just a measure of months on a grocery shelf; it can mean an extra day of flavor in the delicatessen or added usability at home.
The National Food Processors Association (NFPA) in the US said it was the manufacturer's responsibility to determine the shelf life of their product.
Best Paints, which have a shelf life equal to any commercial brand's, are made with a canning preservative (also used in shampoos) that doesn't escape into the air.
Conventional wisdom used to be that a new computer would have a shelf life of about five years before it became obsolete.
Now food researchers are serving up other options to replace additives, and extend food safety and shelf life. One is irradiation, approved by the U.S.
Officials of the Catholic Medical Mission Board said that over a recent 11-month period the agency was forced to refuse $27 million worth of donated drugs because of a WHO guideline requiring such medicines to have a remaining shelf life of at least one year when they arrive in a country.
While these doctored diets produced some favorable fat changes in egg yolks, they also tended to impart an objectionable taste or unusually short shelf life. Wayne Coates of the University of Arizona in Tucson and Ricardo Ayerza of the University of Catamarca in Argentina now think chia may be the solution.
This approach is essential in today's sophisticated market, in which the best packaging not only fulfills its traditional tasks of protection and description but also reduces total costs and adds value in terms of sales appeal, convenience, and extended shelf life.