Manufactures are looking for new ways to improve the safety and quality of their products, while extending shelf life. Moreover, increased shelf life extends the reach of manufacturers as the packaged products can be shipped over greater distances. International Dispensing Corporation (IDC) claims the aseptic tap, called the Answer, has been added to its packaging platform, Multiserve SafePak, to allow liquids to be dispensed repeatedly and safety. Multiserve SafePaks enable shelf-stable liquids in large-format packages, while the Answer's dispensing technology prevents microorganisms and oxygen from compromising product safety, nutritional value, and taste - even during unrefrigerated, repeated use, the company claims. Greg Abbott said the Answer keeps products shelf-stable from the first serving to the last. "Consumers can now trust that brands served in Multiserve SafePaks will taste great and stay fresh for weeks without refrigeration or preservatives," he said. "We are currently in confidential, advanced discussions with a number of domestic and multinational companies, who recognize the enormous potential of the Answer and the Multiserve SafePak." Another advantage of the packaging platform is the convenience, as liquids can potentially be dispensed from heavy containers at a touch of a button, claims the company. Manufactures could use the technology to attract customers with limited dexterity and those people on the go. The Answer is manufactured from an advanced polymer-blend that prevents microorganisms, oxygen, or odors to enter the system, the manufacturer claims. In tests, the nozzle was swabbed with cocktail of microorganisms, including Listeria monocytogenes, Salmonella, and E. coli at a level of danger unlikely to occur in real life, but the Multiserve SafePaks with the Answer survived for a minimum of 23 days of repeated use, IDC claims. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has tested and certified the Answer. Recently, IEH Laboratories and Consulting Group, specialists in sterility testing, concluded that The Answer could maintain sterility indefinitely, after repeated dispensing, in ambient temperatures, IDC claims.