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Active and intelligent packaging for food: Is it the future?

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Author: Jong, A.R. de · Boumans, H. · Slaghek, T. · Veen, J. van · Rijk, R. · Zandvoort, M.M.J. van
Type:article
Date:2005
Institution: TNO Kwaliteit van Leven
Source:Food Additives and Contaminants, 10, 22, 975-979
Identifier: 238735
doi: doi:10.1080/02652030500336254
Keywords: Packaging Nutrition · Food technology · Active packaging · Food contact materials legislation · Food packaging · Intelligent · Non-invasive · Spoilage indicator · food additive · food preservative · lysozyme · Bacillus licheniformis · bacterial growth · bacterium contamination · enzyme activity · European Union · expiration date · food contamination · food control · food industry · food packaging · food preservation · food processing · food quality · food safety · food spoilage · growth inhibition · law · nonhuman · priority journal · quality control · review · shelf life · Environmental Exposure · Equipment Design · European Union · Food Analysis · Food Contamination · Food Microbiology · Food Packaging · Food Preservation · Humans · Safety · Temperature · Toxins, Biological · Bacillus licheniformis · Bacteria (microorganisms)

Abstract

This paper gives an overview of the legal consequences of a new EU framework regulation on food contact materials which includes controls on active and intelligent packaging. Recent developments in active and intelligent packaging systems are described, two examples of which aim at achieving improvements in quality and safety of food products. The first one is an on-command preservative-releasing packaging system. The second system is an intelligent concept, based on the development of a non-invasive microbial growth sensor to monitor the sterility of food products. © 2005 Taylor & Francis.