Essential Oils and Their Principal Constituents as Antimicrobial Agents for Synthetic Packaging Films

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  • Kuorwel K. Kuorwel,

    1. Authors Kuorwel and Bigger are with School of Engineering and Science, Victoria Univ., P.O. Box 14428, Melbourne 8001, Australia. Author Cran is with Inst. for Sustainability and Innovation, Victoria Univ., P.O. Box 14428, Melbourne 8001, Australia. Author Sonneveld is with KS PackExpert & Associates, P.O. Box 399, Mansfield 3724, Australia. Author Miltz is with Dept. of Biotechnology and Food Engineering, Technion-Israel Inst. of Technology, Haifa 3200, Israel. Direct inquiries to author Bigger (E-mail: stephen.bigger@vu.edu.au).
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  • Marlene J. Cran,

    1. Authors Kuorwel and Bigger are with School of Engineering and Science, Victoria Univ., P.O. Box 14428, Melbourne 8001, Australia. Author Cran is with Inst. for Sustainability and Innovation, Victoria Univ., P.O. Box 14428, Melbourne 8001, Australia. Author Sonneveld is with KS PackExpert & Associates, P.O. Box 399, Mansfield 3724, Australia. Author Miltz is with Dept. of Biotechnology and Food Engineering, Technion-Israel Inst. of Technology, Haifa 3200, Israel. Direct inquiries to author Bigger (E-mail: stephen.bigger@vu.edu.au).
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  • Kees Sonneveld,

    1. Authors Kuorwel and Bigger are with School of Engineering and Science, Victoria Univ., P.O. Box 14428, Melbourne 8001, Australia. Author Cran is with Inst. for Sustainability and Innovation, Victoria Univ., P.O. Box 14428, Melbourne 8001, Australia. Author Sonneveld is with KS PackExpert & Associates, P.O. Box 399, Mansfield 3724, Australia. Author Miltz is with Dept. of Biotechnology and Food Engineering, Technion-Israel Inst. of Technology, Haifa 3200, Israel. Direct inquiries to author Bigger (E-mail: stephen.bigger@vu.edu.au).
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  • Joseph Miltz,

    1. Authors Kuorwel and Bigger are with School of Engineering and Science, Victoria Univ., P.O. Box 14428, Melbourne 8001, Australia. Author Cran is with Inst. for Sustainability and Innovation, Victoria Univ., P.O. Box 14428, Melbourne 8001, Australia. Author Sonneveld is with KS PackExpert & Associates, P.O. Box 399, Mansfield 3724, Australia. Author Miltz is with Dept. of Biotechnology and Food Engineering, Technion-Israel Inst. of Technology, Haifa 3200, Israel. Direct inquiries to author Bigger (E-mail: stephen.bigger@vu.edu.au).
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  • Stephen W. Bigger

    1. Authors Kuorwel and Bigger are with School of Engineering and Science, Victoria Univ., P.O. Box 14428, Melbourne 8001, Australia. Author Cran is with Inst. for Sustainability and Innovation, Victoria Univ., P.O. Box 14428, Melbourne 8001, Australia. Author Sonneveld is with KS PackExpert & Associates, P.O. Box 399, Mansfield 3724, Australia. Author Miltz is with Dept. of Biotechnology and Food Engineering, Technion-Israel Inst. of Technology, Haifa 3200, Israel. Direct inquiries to author Bigger (E-mail: stephen.bigger@vu.edu.au).
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Abstract

Abstract:  Spices and herbal plant species have been recognized to possess a broad spectrum of active constituents that exhibit antimicrobial (AM) activity. These active compounds are produced as secondary metabolites associated with the volatile essential oil (EO) fraction of these plants. A wide range of AM agents derived from EOs have the potential to be used in AM packaging systems which is one of the promising forms of active packaging systems aimed at protecting food products from microbial contamination. Many studies have evaluated the AM activity of synthetic AM and/or natural AM agents incorporated into packaging materials and have demonstrated effective AM activity by controlling the growth of microorganisms. This review examines the more common synthetic and natural AM agents incorporated into or coated onto synthetic packaging films for AM packaging applications. The focus is on the widely studied herb varieties including basil, oregano, and thyme and their EOs.

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