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Improving packaged food quality and safety. Part 2: nanocomposites.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16227184     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This paper gathers a number of significant results where nanotechnology was satisfactorily applied to improve packaged food quality and safety by increasing the barrier properties to oxygen of an ethylene-vinyl alcohol copolymer (EVOH) in dry and under humid conditions and of a poly(lactic acid) (PLA) biopolymer. The nanodispersion in the polymer matrix of modified monolayers of clays included in positive lists for food-contact applications is an adequate methodology to increase packaged food shelf-life. In spite of the fact that, in principle, there is no reason to believe that 'adequately' modified nanocomposites making use of substances in positive lists can impose any immediate risk threat for food-contact applications, further studies concerning potential migration issues and life-cycle analysis have to still emerge within the overall field of nanotechnology to corroborate the fact.
J M Lagarón; L Cabedo; D Cava; J L Feijoo; R Gavara; E Gimenez
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Food additives and contaminants     Volume:  22     ISSN:  0265-203X     ISO Abbreviation:  Food Addit Contam     Publication Date:  2005 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-10-17     Completed Date:  2006-02-09     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8500474     Medline TA:  Food Addit Contam     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  994-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Packaging Lab, IATA, CSIC, Burjassot, Spain.
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MeSH Terms
Environmental Exposure / adverse effects
Food Contamination*
Food Packaging / methods*
Food Preservation
Lactic Acid
Microscopy, Electron / methods
Nanotechnology / methods*
Oxygen / chemistry
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Biopolymers; 0/Polymers; 0/Polyvinyls; 25067-34-9/ethylene-vinyl alcohol copolymer; 26100-51-6/poly(lactic acid); 50-21-5/Lactic Acid; 7782-44-7/Oxygen

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