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Historic Milestones Around the Discovery of SmartFresh Technology 1-MCP

1974 Research that led to the discovery of 1-MCP for the prevention of deleterious effects of ethylene started.
1994 Discovery of the original 1-MCP at North Carolina State University: first use patent filed.
1997/98 Rohm and Haas (mother company of AgroFresh) organized the first trials of 1-MCP on apples.
1998 First Cyclodextrin Patent filed.
1999 AgroFresh founded by Rohm and Haas: further pre-commercial trials on apples and other crops; in cooperation with international renowned post-harvest researchers.
2000

Research on 1-MCP for fresh produce proceeds: development of the marketable formula, AgroFresh comes up with the first use recommendations and dosage development.

2002 First registration granted in Chile.
July 2002 Approval of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S.: commercial launch in the U.S. on apples.
2003 Registrations and Commercial Launch in South Africa and New Zealand; first launch
in the European Union: UK.
2004 New registrations in several European Countries.
2005 Several registrations and commercial launches in Asia Pacific: China, Korea.
2006

Approval in the European Union.

2007

SmartFresh technology 1-MCP is exempted from health and environmental classification and related labeling, because of its strong safety profile.

Over 2000 scientific articles published on SmartFresh 1-MCP technology

2009 Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) admits SmartFresh technology 1-MCP as the global standard for product quality and safety.
2010 SmartFresh technology proven to bring significant energy savings and contribute to carbon footprint reductions.

 

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