New antimicrobial plastic films

Researchers develop plastic films with antibiofilm activity by incorporating N-halamines into the polymer matrix; potential applications in food production and processing

Conference: Packaging of the future

Zurich University of Applied Sciences holds annual food conference on November 23, 2017 in Wädenswil, Switzerland; future trends and challenges in food packaging to be discussed; registration open until November 8, 2017

Turkey to adopt new food contact regulations

Turkey notifies World Trade Organizations of two new regulations regarding authorization of food contact substances and active and intelligent materials; possible adoption July 30, 2017; deadline for comments July 29-30, 2017

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