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Use of edible films and coatings to extend the shelf life of food products.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20653537     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The increased consumer demand for high quality, extended shelf life, ready to eat foods has initiated the development of several innovative techniques to keep their natural and fresh appearance as long as possible and at the same time render them safe. Packaging has been an important element in these preservation concepts for providing the appropriate (mechanical and functional) protection to the commodity. Since synthetic packaging materials contribute to the environmental pollution, edible coatings and packages have been proposed to replace or complement conventional packaging. Biodegradable and edible films and coatings are made from naturally occurring polymers and functional ingredients, and formed on the surface of food products. Edible films and coating have long been known to protect perishable food products from deterioration and reduce quality loss. These films should have acceptable sensory characteristics, appropriate barrier properties (CO(2), O(2), water, oil), microbial, biochemical and physicochemical stability, they should be safe, and be produced by simple technology in low cost. Also they can act as effective carrier for antioxidant, flavor, color, nutritional or anti-microbial additives. Patents on edible films and food products are also discussed in this article.
Neda Maftoonazad; Fojan Badii
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Recent patents on food, nutrition & agriculture     Volume:  1     ISSN:  1876-1429     ISO Abbreviation:  Recent Pat Food Nutr Agric     Publication Date:  2009 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-07-26     Completed Date:  2010-10-15     Revised Date:  2012-10-16    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101526178     Medline TA:  Recent Pat Food Nutr Agric     Country:  United Arab Emirates    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  162-70     Citation Subset:  IM    
Agricultural Engineering Research Institute (AERI), Zarghan, Fars, Iran.
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MeSH Terms
Biodegradation, Environmental
Consumer Product Safety*
Food Packaging / legislation & jurisprudence
Food Preservation / legislation & jurisprudence*
Food Technology / legislation & jurisprudence*
Patents as Topic*
Time Factors

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