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Sweet potato and thyme used for bio-packaging film

U.S. scientists develop nanocomposite film from sweet potato starch, thyme essential oil, and nanoclay; potential applications include packaging of fresh fruits and vegetables

Nano applications in food

EFSA-commissioned study finds nanotechnology most often used for food additives, food contact materials; nanoencapsulates, silver, titanium dioxide, silica common; increasing use of organic nanomaterials

EFSA assesses safety of 3 FCM substances

EFSA’s CEF Panel considers poly((R)-3-hydroxybutyrate-co-(R)-3-hydroxyhexanoate), polyacrylic acid, sodium salt, cross-linked, and potassium metabisulfite safe for use in food contact materials under certain conditions

Video: Alternative to plastic film

Reuters U.S. informs about biodegradable composite film made from chitosan and grapefruit seed extract; film can double shelf-life of perishables and contains no chemical additives, according to researchers

Active and intelligent packaging congress

Congress of active and intelligent packaging industry to take place on November 14-15, 2016 in Amsterdam

Chitosan-GFSE food packaging

Scientists use grapefruit seed extract to fortify natural chitosan-based composite film; newly created food packaging material, free from chemical additives, doubles the shelf-life of perishables by slowing fungal growth

Protein-based food packaging reviewed

Scientists review the use of proteins in production of food packaging, discuss main protein sources, manufacturing methods, improvement strategies and future prospects

Nanomaterials regulation in different countries

New JRC-study reviews regulatory measures for nanotechnology in food and feed production in different countries; only EU and Switzerland have legally binding nano-specific provisions

Research needed on nanomaterials in active food packaging

Australian scientists review nanomaterials used in active food packaging systems and urge for further research on their migration from packaging into food

Herbs and spices in active food packaging

Review on use of herbs, spices and their bioactive compounds in active packaging; research is needed to investigate how these additives interact with biopolymer matrices

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