New Perspectives on Food Contact Materials

A special issue of Foods (ISSN 2304-8158). This special issue belongs to the section "Food Packaging and Preservation".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 April 2024) | Viewed by 146

Special Issue Editors

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Instituto de Investigación en Ingeniería de Aragón (i3a), Universidad de Zaragoza, Zaragoza, Spain
Interests: polymers; biopolymers; active packaging; food safety; NIAS and IAS; new materials for food contact materials (FCMs)

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Departamento de Química Analítica, Instituto de Investigación en Ingeniería de Aragón (I3A), Grupo GUIA, Universidad de Zaragoza, Zaragoza, Spain
Interests: analytical methods; FCMs; olfactometry; flavours; NIAS

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The use of materials that come into contact with food has nowadays greatly increased. This is true not only for food preservation purposes, but also for direct cooking or direct heating. However, the variety and quantity of food packaging circulating in the world brings two primary risks, as demonstrated by the presence of microplastics in various ecosystems: food safety and the environmental cost due to the waste generated.

New perspectives in food packaging focus on two aspects. The first relates to reducing environmental footprint through the use of new materials from polymers, recycled paper and cardboard and the use of bioplastics and biodegradable materials. The second pertains to the development of new packaging that helps to protect food and preserve its safety, such as the use of active and intelligent packaging, the encapsulation of substances within the material, or the incorporation of nano-enzymes.

All these new initiatives require in-depth research to be conducted in order assess the associated environmental and food safety risks.

Dr. María Celia Domeño Recalde
Dr. Margarita Pilar Aznar Ramos
Guest Editors

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  • recycled polymers
  • recycled paper and cardboard
  • biopolymers
  • new FCM materials
  • active packaging
  • NIAS
  • food safety

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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