31 Mar '15, 10am

#Japan company makes tear-free onions

#Japan company makes tear-free onions

TOKYO (AFP) - The sobbing of a chef as he chops onions in the kitchen could be a thing of the past thanks to one Japanese company, which says it has produced a tear-free vegetable. Scientists say they have managed to disable the production of a powerful substance an onion releases as the knife slices into it, cutting down on the pungent fumes that bring tears to the eyes. House Foods Group said in a press release that they bombarded the brown bulb with irradiating ions in a process that drastically reduces the level of a certain enzyme that is key to this process. A spokesman said no decision had yet been made on whether they would commercialise their tear-free onions.

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