Chemical analytics of novel food packaging

Scientists review chemical analytical approaches for food contaminants originating from packaging, including active packaging and novel biopolymers; call for thorough characterization of substances migrating from active packaging, including impurities, auxiliary compounds, potential biotransformation products

Researchers develop inexpensive edible coating for fruits

Indian National Agri-Food Biotechnology Institute publishes study showing edible composite coating made from wheat straw extends shelf life of royal delicious apples over 30-day period without refrigeration; seen as inexpensive solution without need for post-harvest processing and cold storage

YPACK project develops antimicrobial, biodegradable packaging

Horizon 2020 EU-funded research project announces creation of compostable biopolymer packaging material able to protect against bacteria for up to 48 days, aims to increase shelf-life

New antimicrobial film for food contact

Researchers develop antimicrobial layer that can be bonded to polyethylene films used for vacuum packaged foods; film controls growth of bacteria that cause foodborne illnesses

Edible label to reduce food packaging

Project with the University of Sunderland develops edible label that can be applied directly to foods and provides scannable code for users to access further information; aims to reduce need for additional packaging

Active and intelligent packaging congress 2019

AIPIA World Congress to take place on November 18-19, 2019 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands; include presentations on nanotechnology in packaging, food waste control

Produce stickers to extend shelf life

Food tech startup StixFresh develops solution for produce stickers that extends shelf life up to fourteen days; all ingredients generally recognized as safe in accordance with the U.S. FDA

Future trends in food packaging

Scientists review innovations in food packaging focusing on smart, active, sustainable packaging, list active packaging products available on the market; survey finds 11 companies currently marketing smart packaging products

Turkey adopts new food contact legislation

Turkey publishes regulations on food contact materials in general and on active and intelligent materials for food contact in particular, aligns rules with EU regulations

EFSA assesses chemical mixture for use in active packaging

EFSA’s CEF Panel considers mixture of carboxymethylcellulose, acetylated distarch phosphate, bentonite, boric acid, and aluminum sulfate safe for use as liquid absorber under intended conditions of use