Antimicrobial packaging is an active packaging that is a combination of food-packaging materials with antimicrobial substances. This system allows controlling the microbial surfaces contamination of foods. Therefore, it enhance shelf-live of product.
Diverse antimicrobial substances are available. Some of them are migratory substances, and they are released slowly from the packaged materials to the food surface. Others are not migratory substances, so in this situation, a contact between food and antimicrobial substance is necessary. To confer an antimicrobial activity, antimicrobial agents may be coated, incorporated, immobilised or surface modified onto package materials.
Diversity of antimicrobial agents:
- Organic acids: benzoic, sorbic, paraben…
- Enzymes: lysozyme, glucose oxydase…
- Bacteriocines: nisin, lacticin
- Fungicides: SO2, benomyl, imazalil…
- Natural extracts: essential oils, aroma compounds…
- Silver ions, antibiotics …
These constituents are active on diverse pathogens:
- fungi and spores fungi
Antimicrobial packaging is used to protect various foods:
- fresh dairy products
- bakery products
Microbial growth is reduced. The formations of undesirable compounds, physical and chemical damage are better controlled.
Diverse test methods assess effectiveness of antimicrobial packaging. There are quantitative and qualitative.
|SN 195920||ISO 22196
|JIS L 1902||ASTM E 2180
|ISO 20645||ISO 16869
|AATCC 147||ISO 20743
|AATCC 100||Minimum inhibitory
concentration test (MIC)
|ASTM E 2149||Kirby-Bauer
|JIS Z 2801