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Your fruit may soon have laser labels

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LAKE ALFRED (FOX 13) -

It is just a little thing, but it is something that can be annoying beyond belief: Trying to take the paper labels off fruit and veggies.

"I despise them," Tonya Horner told FOX 13. "They always seem to take off the skin."

A former Lakeland resident and former scientist at the University of Florida Research and Education Center in Lake Alfred has come up with a solution: A laser that imprints the produce with whatever the packing house wants.

The laser strips off the top few layer of cells.

"I have tuned the laser to go after the pigment and you have no pigment left, so you're not adding anything, you're just removing the color. That's all," explained Greg Drouillard.

Drouillard says the laser doesn't affect shelf life or taste. He has sold them in Brazil, New Zealand, and Australia, and just got FDA approval to sell them here.

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