Submitted to: Book Chapter
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: 11/12/2007
Publication Date: 8/18/2008
Citation: Imam, S.H., Glenn, G.M.. Chiou, B-S, Shey, J., Narayan, R., Orts, W.J. 2008. Types, Production and Assessment of Biobased Food Packaging Materials. In Chiellini, E., editor. Environmentally Compatible Food Packaging. Cambridge, UK: Woodhead Publishing Limited. p. 29-62.
Technical Abstract: Food packaging performs an essential function, but packaging materials can have a negative impact on the environment. This book describes the latest advances in bio-based food packaging materials. Book provides a comprehensive review on bio-based, biodegradable and recycled materials and discusses their current and potential applications for food protection and preservation, consumer preference, environmental performance, eco-design and the quality of recycled materials as factors involved in choosing alternative packaging materials, including the EU legislation and certification of environmentally compatible packaging. Book also contains chapters on the applications of environmentally-compatible materials in particular product sectors, including the packaging of fresh horticultural produce, dairy products and seafood. This section also covers active packaging, modified atmosphere packaging and biobased intelligent food packaging. Book will be a valuable reference tool for professionals in the food processing and packaging industries.