Packaging technologies and their role in food safety

Minal Lalpuria, Ramaswamy Anantheswaran, John Floros

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The importance of food packaging for food safety and quality is discussed. A review of mechanical, barrier, thermal, and optical properties of packaging materials is presented. Edible and bio-based materials for food packaging applications are also reviewed. Formation of rigid, semi-rigid, and flexible packages is described. Package integrity and food-package interactions are discussed with emphasis on food safety related examples. Packaging needs of various thermal, non-thermal, and other food processing technologies are reviewed. Current and future trends in food packaging such as active and intelligent packaging, nanotechnology, and traceability, are addressed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMicrobial Decontamination in the Food Industry
Subtitle of host publicationNovel Methods and Applications
PublisherElsevier Ltd
Number of pages45
ISBN (Print)9780857090850
StatePublished - Jun 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • General Medicine


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