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Gelatin capsule residue?based films crosslinked with the natural agent genipin

Biodegradable films based on gelatin capsuleresidue (GCR) and genipin (GEN) were developed. In comparison to uncrosslinked films, the tensile strength,barrier and thermal properties of GCR?GEN film were improved, while total soluble matter and water vaporpermeability were reduced. GCR?GEN films were applied as sachets to pack extra?virgin olive oil (EVOO) and were able to maintain the quality attributes of EVOO under accelerated conditions for 14 days.This study focused on the development and characterization of biodegradable films based on gelatin capsule residue crosslinked with the natural agent genipin extracted from genipap (Genipa americana L.). Their potential on maintaining the quality attributes (level of peroxides, conjugated dienes and trienes and color) of extra?virgin olive oil under accelerated storage conditions was investigated. Results showed that the genipin?crosslinked films had a dark blue appearance. Their total soluble matter, water vapor permeability, tensile strength, ultraviolet and visible light barriers and thermal properties were improved in relation to the uncrosslinked film, whereas their moisture content and microstructure were not affected. In general, films presented comparable properties to those of glutaraldehyde?crosslinked films. The developed films successfully protected the packed oil from primary and secondary oxidation and maintained the color over the storage period. Therefore, this study demonstrated the effectiveness of genipin on improving the properties of gelatin?based films and the promising application of films as food packaging.

Publication date: 03/09/2019

Author: Aline Oliveira e Silva Iahnke, Liana Stoll, Anelise Stein Bellé, Plinho Francisco Hertz, Alessandro de Oliveira Rios, Hubert Rahier, Simone Hickmann Flôres

Reference: doi:10.1002/pts.2481

Packaging Technology and Science


This project has received funding from the Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 837761.