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Emerging Food Packaging Technologies by D Lee, K Yam

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Active antimicrobial food and beverage packaging

G. López-Carballo, J. Gómez-Estaca, R. Catalá, P. Hernández-Muñoz and R. Gavara,     Instituto de Agroquímica y Tecnología de Alimentos (IATA-CSIC), Spain

Abstract:

Active antimicrobial packaging can be defined as a packaging system that interacts with the food product or the surrounding headspace either to kill the microorganisms that might be present in the food product or food package, or to reduce, inhibit or retard their growth. This chapter reviews: (a) the diverse families of antimicrobial compounds, their mode of action and their aptitude to be processed and be part of a packaging system; (b) the diverse techniques used to include the agents into the packaging materials, reduce their ...

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