Waxed fruit and vegetables are safe to eat
Yes. There is no evidence to indicate that consuming waxed fruit or vegetables is hazardous to
health. Beeswax, carnauba wax and shellac can be used for waxing. They are applied to the fruit
or vegetable, usually in an emulsified form which, after drying, leaves a thin layer of wax on the
surface giving a bright, glossy sheen. This improves eye appeal making the produce more saleable.
The wax coating can also slow the loss of moisture and minimise wilting. The waxes are not
digestible and can be removed by peeling or thorough washing.