December 26, 2018

Antimicrobial packaging

The antimicrobial polymeric materials were first introduced to protect biomedical devices from microbial contamination in Japan.

Antimicrobial packaging presents significant potential to be implemented in food technology to reduce microbial growth in food system and to extend product shelf life.

Antimicrobial packaging system is designed to be implemented in food technology to control the growth of microorganisms by extending the microbial lag phase and by reducing the growth rate, thereby extending the shelf life of perishable products and enhance the safety of package products.


The use of preservation methods such as thermal processes or modified atmospheres combining with antimicrobial packaging could result in synergistic actions that would increase safety using low amounts of antimicrobials.

Antimicrobial packaging with biocidal polymers is use to protect contents from bacterial contamination, i.e. when a phosphonium compound is embedded in a plastic both microorganism growth on the plastic as well as deposits of iron carbonate or iron, lead and zinc scale deposits are avoided.
Antimicrobial packaging

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