Hopkins students design edible tape to bind foods

20 May, 2022
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Hopkins students design edible tape to bind foods

A team of students at Johns Hopkins University designed the first food-linking tape earlier this month.

The students called their new edible adhesive Tastee Tape to keep fillings in their sandwiches and rolls. The designers say the tape is edible, safe and sturdy and can be used during cooking or consumption.

Student Erin Walsh said the initial idea came about while brainstorming a product design course. "My favorite food is burritos and rolls. I'm a sports student, and I'm not looking to make a low-fat burrito. I really try to fill it with filling, so I get frustrated when I try to pack it so the filling doesn't fly all over the place."

Erin and her fellow chemical and biomolecular engineering students Mary Eric, Tyler Guarino, and Rachel Nee studied the adhesives and worked on a prototype for the entire school year. Rachel said Tastee Tape has no texture or taste.

The students declined to say why the tape was made because they are working with university officials to obtain a patent. They said they were unsure if they would launch a startup to sell their products, and that they were open to selling the patent at a later time, according to NBC Washington.



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