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Vitamine D booster

Exclusivity was granted by Luxidum to ARCO for the sale of Vitamin D-Booster for mushroom punnets. Luxidum is worldwide the first machine manufacturer and consultant company 100% dedicated to Vitamin D Mushrooms. The Vitamin D-Booster can add vitamin D to the mushrooms by means of UV light and is used after the mushrooms have been harvested. The machine can be integrated into the weighing and packaging line. The machine activates a natural process that produces vitamin D by exposing the mushrooms to intense UV light. The mushroom does not undergo any other changes besides the synthesis of vitamin D. The machine has a capacity of 120 punnets per minute.

The process of vitamin D synthesis in mushrooms

Mushrooms naturally contain ergosterol, which is converted into vitamin D under the influence of UV light from the sun. Most mushrooms are grown indoors, where levels of UV light are very low. The substance ergosterol is therefore not converted into vitamin D indoors. The potential of an extra-healthy mushroom therefore remains unexploited.

Machine specifications

  • Post-harvest exposure to UV light
  • Easy to use
  • Safe for operators (UV light is completely shielded)
  • Continuous and ozone-free UV light
  • Reflector unit with hood
  • Conveyor belt speed can be adjusted
  • PLC control
  • Integrated cooling system
  • Robust construction
  • Stand-alone system
  • Easy to integrate

Extra promotion of nutritional values and health effects

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) regulates the use of nutritional values and health claims relating to food. The EFSA has confirmed a large number of health claims and nutritional value. This means that the extra vitamin D in the mushrooms can be promoted in advertising. The following claims amongst others have been approved by EFSA for Vitamin D-Mushrooms:

  • Reinforces the body’s natural defences
  • Improves muscle strength
  • Important for healthy bones and bone strength
  • Important for good teeth mineralization
  • Regulates the immune system

Integration within ARCO weighing and packaging line

The machine can be connected to the ARCO weighing and packaging line for mushrooms. Vitamin D can be generated not only in the fresh mushrooms, but also after processing, for example after being converted into mushroom powder.

Ger van Knippenberg

Want more information? Please contact Ger van Knippenberg on +31 (0)88-006 5300 or by mail at ger@arco-solutions.nl.

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