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Recent innovations in edible and/or biodegradable packaging materials.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9373537     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Certain newly discovered characteristics of natural biopolymers should make them a choice material to be used for different types of wrappings and films. Edible and/or biodegradable packagings produced from agricultural origin macromolecules provide a supplementary and sometimes essential means to control physiological, microbiological, and physicochemical changes in food products. This is accomplished (i) by controlling mass transfers between food product and ambient atmosphere or between components in heterogeneous food product, and (iii) by modifying and controlling food surface conditions (pH, level of specific functional agents, slow release of flavour compounds), it should be stressed that the material characteristics (polysaccharide, protein, or lipid, plasticized or not, chemically modified or not, used alone or in combination) and the fabrication procedures (casting of a film-forming solution, thermoforming) must be adapted to each specific food product and usage condition (relative humidity, temperature). Some potential uses of these materials (e.g. wrapping of various fabricated foods; protection of fruits and vegetables by control of maturation; protection of meat and fish; control of internal moisture transfer in pizzas), which are hinged on film properties (e.g. organoleptic, mechanical, gas and solute barrier) are described with examples.
S Guilbert; B Cuq; N Gontard
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Food additives and contaminants     Volume:  14     ISSN:  0265-203X     ISO Abbreviation:  Food Addit Contam     Publication Date:    1997 Aug-Oct
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-12-08     Completed Date:  1997-12-08     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8500474     Medline TA:  Food Addit Contam     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  741-51     Citation Subset:  IM    
ENSAM/INRA, Laboratoire de Technologie des Céréales, Montpellier, France.
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MeSH Terms
Biodegradation, Environmental
Carbon Dioxide
Food Packaging / trends*
Food Preservation
Time Factors
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Biopolymers; 124-38-9/Carbon Dioxide; 7732-18-5/Water; 7782-44-7/Oxygen

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