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Food packaging history and innovations.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19719135     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Food packaging has evolved from simply a container to hold food to something today that can play an active role in food quality. Many packages are still simply containers, but they have properties that have been developed to protect the food. These include barriers to oxygen, moisture, and flavors. Active packaging, or that which plays an active role in food quality, includes some microwave packaging as well as packaging that has absorbers built in to remove oxygen from the atmosphere surrounding the product or to provide antimicrobials to the surface of the food. Packaging has allowed access to many foods year-round that otherwise could not be preserved. It is interesting to note that some packages have actually allowed the creation of new categories in the supermarket. Examples include microwave popcorn and fresh-cut produce, which owe their existence to the unique packaging that has been developed.
Sara J Risch
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Historical Article; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of agricultural and food chemistry     Volume:  57     ISSN:  1520-5118     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Agric. Food Chem.     Publication Date:  2009 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-09-16     Completed Date:  2010-01-28     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0374755     Medline TA:  J Agric Food Chem     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  8089-92     Citation Subset:  IM    
Science by Design, East Lansing, Michigan 48823, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Food Industry / history
Food Packaging / history*,  instrumentation,  methods
History, 19th Century
History, 20th Century
History, 21st Century
History, Ancient
Legislation, Food / history
United States
United States Food and Drug Administration
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Metals; 0/Plastics

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