Active Packaging Technologies with an Emphasis on Antimicrobial Packaging and its Applications

Authors

  • P. Suppakul,

    1. Authors Suppakul and Sonneveld are with the Center for Packaging, Transportation and Storage, Victoria Univ. of Technology, POB 14428, Melbourne City, MS, Melbourne 8001, Australia.
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  • J. Miltz,

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    1. Author Miltz is with the Dept. of Food Engineering and Biotechnology, Technion-Israel Inst. of Technology, Haifa, 32000, Israel.
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  • K. Sonneveld,

    1. Authors Suppakul and Sonneveld are with the Center for Packaging, Transportation and Storage, Victoria Univ. of Technology, POB 14428, Melbourne City, MS, Melbourne 8001, Australia.
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  • S.W. Bigger

    1. Author Bigger is with the School of Life Sciences and Technology, Victoria Univ. of Technology, P.O. Box 14428, Melbourne City Mail Centre, Melbourne, 8001, Australia.
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  • On behalf of the Royal Thai Government, author Suppakul would like to acknowledge the Australian Agency for Intl. Development (AusAid) for providing financial support. This work was partially supported by a fund for the promotion of research at the Technion. Author Miltz would like to express his thanks and appreciation for this support.

Direct inquiries to author Miltz (E-mail: jmiltz@tx.technion.ac.il).

Abstract

ABSTRACT: In response to the dynamic changes in current consumer demand and market trends, the area of Active Packaging (AP) is becoming increasingly significant. Principal AP systems include those that involve oxygen scavenging, moisture absorption and control, carbon dioxide and ethanol generation, and antimicrobial (AM) migrating and nonmigrating systems. Of these active packaging systems, the AM version is of great importance. This article reviews: (1) the different categories of AP concepts with particular regard to the activity of AM packaging and its effects on food products, (2) the development of AM and AP materials, and (3) the current and future applications of AM packaging.

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