New Antimicrobial and Functional Packaging Materials for Food Products and Beverages

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 January 2024) | Viewed by 1960

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Faculty of Food Science, University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Cluj-Napoca, Mănăştur 3-5, 400372 Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Interests: food science; waste exploitation, extraction, and analysis of bioactive compounds; development of new functional products
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

New antimicrobial and functional packaging materials for foods and drinks are in greater demand due to growing environmental concerns. In order to increase safety and assure a longer shelf life for food goods, active and functional packaging is now a viable food preservation approach.

Food quality and safety, which are the two main issues, are greatly influenced by the ingredients and packaging materials utilized. It is thought that a fundamental mix of active and intelligent packaging may maintain product quality, increase shelf life, and allow one to look out for signs of degradation.

Innovative packaging, such as active packaging, is increasing rapidly in the food industry, especially for applying antimicrobials to delivery systems.

The aim of this Special Issue is to present recent advancements in food packaging innovation and the newest functional packaging materials for food products and beverages.

Prof. Dr. Oana Lelia Pop
Dr. Anca Farcas
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • food packaging
  • edible packaging
  • biopolymers
  • functional packaging
  • antimicrobial packaging

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Development of a Halochromic, Antimicrobial, and Antioxidant Starch-Based Film Containing Phenolic Extract from Jaboticaba Peel
Foods 2023, 12(3), 653; https://doi.org/10.3390/foods12030653 - 02 Feb 2023
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Abstract
In this study, the antioxidant, antimicrobial, mechanical, optical, and barrier attributes of Solanum lycocarpum starch bio-based edible films incorporated with a phenolic extract from jaboticaba peel were investigated. Aiming to determine the effect of the polymers and the phenolic extract on the properties [...] Read more.
In this study, the antioxidant, antimicrobial, mechanical, optical, and barrier attributes of Solanum lycocarpum starch bio-based edible films incorporated with a phenolic extract from jaboticaba peel were investigated. Aiming to determine the effect of the polymers and the phenolic extract on the properties of the films, a three-factor simplex-lattice design was employed, and the formulation optimization was based on the produced films’ antioxidant potential. The optimized formulation of the starch-PEJP film showed a reddish-pink color with no cracks or bubbles and 91% antioxidant activity against DPPH radical. The optimized starch-PEJP film showed good transparency properties and a potent UV-blocking action, presenting color variation as a function of the pH values. The optimized film was also considerably resistant and highly flexible, showing a water vapor permeability of 3.28 × 10−6 g m−1 h−1 Pa−1. The microbial permeation test and antimicrobial evaluation demonstrated that the optimized starch-PEJP film avoided microbial contamination and was potent in reducing the growth of Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, and Salmonella spp. In summary, the active starch-PEJP film showed great potential as an environmentally friendly and halochromic material, presenting antioxidant and antimicrobial properties and high UV-protecting activity. Full article
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