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Research Project: New Sustainable Processing Technologies to Produce Healthy, Value-Added Foods from Specialty Crops

Location: Healthy Processed Foods Research

Title: Trends in antimicrobial food packaging systems: Emitting sachets and absorbent pads

Author
item Otoni, Caio - Embrapa
item Espitia, Paula - Columbian Caribbean Observatory
item Avena Bustillos, Roberto
item Mchugh, Tara

Submitted to: Food Research International
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 2/20/2016
Publication Date: 2/23/2016
Citation: Otoni, C.G., Espitia, P.J.P., Avena Bustillos, R.D., McHugh, T.H. 2016. Trends in antimicrobial food packaging systems: Emitting sachets and absorbent pads. Food Research International. 83:60-73.

Interpretive Summary: Sachets and pads are one of the most successful applications of active food packaging. This review discusses recent developments of antimicrobial active packaging focused exclusively on emitting sachets and absorbent pads, including elaboration techniques, characterization methods, and applications for food preservation purposes. Advantages, drawbacks, and future trends are also discussed, as well as the antimicrobial compounds incorporated in emitting sachets and absorbent pads, including ethanol, chlorine dioxide, a variety of plant essential oils and their main active compounds, and nanoparticles.

Technical Abstract: Active antimicrobial packaging interacts with packaged food and headspace to reduce, retard, or even inhibit the growth of spoilage and pathogenic microorganisms. Sachets and pads are one of the most successful applications of active food packaging. This review discusses recent developments of antimicrobial active packaging focused exclusively on emitting sachets and absorbent pads, including elaboration techniques, characterization methods, and applications for food preservation purposes. Advantages, drawbacks, and future trends are also discussed, as well as the antimicrobial compounds incorporated in emitting sachets and absorbent pads, including ethanol, chlorine dioxide, a variety of plant essential oils and their main active compounds, and nanoparticles.