Technologies

Active Food Packaging Material


Abstract/Technology Overview

Active and multifunctional packaging materials are in a higher demand due to rising trend for food safety and longer shelf life. Such packaging materials need to prolong the shelf life of the food without interfering with existing food processes. It must incorporate anti-bacterial agents to inhibit the growth of bacteria, which is one of the key determinant factors of food shelf life. This technology presents the use of the polymeric films comprising of halloysite nanotubes as a packaging material for food products. The halloysite nanotubes are incorporated with active agents, such as antibacterial agents (preferably from a natural source) for providing antibacterial, barrier and ethylene scavenging properties for extending the shelf life of the foods.

 


Technology Features, Specifications and Advantages

This technology presents the use of the polymeric films comprising of halloysite (aluminosilicate clay) nanotubes as a packaging material for food products. The said halloysite nanotubes are incorporated with active agents, such as antibacterial agents (preferably from a natural source) for providing antibacterial, gas barrier and ethylene scavenging properties for extending the shelf life of the foods. Food packaging materials with barrier properties against atmospheric gases, water vapor, and volatile compounds are required to maintain the shelf life of its contents.

 


Potential Applications

Active food contact materials absorb (especially ethylene) or release substances in order to improve the quality of packaged food content or to extend its shelf life. With the additional antibacterial properties, this effective and efficient active packaging technology offers new and exciting opportunities for (but not limited to):

  • Packaging materials
  • Food protective films
  • Polymeric films


Customer Benefit

This technology has the following advantages:

  • Provide packaging material to create the long shelf life for the foods.
  • Efficient and able to provide good antibacterial, barrier and scavenging properties in the specific area of food products
  • Ability to absorb and release substances that enable the function of the active packaging
  • Safer methods by using a packaging material incorporated with halloysite nanotubes
  • Providing antibacterial (with loading natural agents), barrier and scavenging properties all within the same product
  • Active food packaging properties without using detrimental and harmful agents to human health
  • Uses sustainable raw materials
  • Easily recyclable
  • More cost effective

OVERVIEW
Contact Person

Mustafa Cakir

Organisation

Sabanci University

Technology Category
  • Packaging / Storage
  • Quality / Safety
  • Bio Materials
  • Nano Materials
Technology Readiness Level
  • TRL 6
Keywords

food packaging, biomaterial