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Effect of Chinese chives (Allium tuberosum) addition to carboxymethyl cellulose based food packaging films

Carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) based novel functional films containing Chinese chives root extract (CRE) at different concentrations (1, 3 and 5 % in w/w) were successfully fabricated. It was revealed by SEM that higher extract concentration triggered the formation of agglomerates within the film. Tensile strength of the films was decreased from 30.91 to 16.48?MPa. Thickness of films was increased from 43 to 84??m, while decrease in water solubility from 77.51–52.91 %, swelling degree from 55.74 to 40.37 %, and water vapor permeability from 5.76 to 1.17 10?10 gm-1s-1?Pa-1 was observed. DPPH and ABTS radical scavenging ability of CMC-CRE films was increased from 0 to 58 % and 82 %, respectively. CMC-CRE5 film showed the highest biodegradability of 58.14 %. The film prepared by the addition of CRE into CMC also exhibited good antioxidant and antimicrobial activity indicating that it could be developed as a bio-composite food packaging material for the food industry.

Publication date: 01/05/2020

Author: Asad Riaz, Camel Lagnika, Hao Luo, Meimei Nie, Zhuqing Dai, Chunquan Liu, Mohamed Abdin, Malik Muhammad Hashim, Dajing Li, Jiangfeng Song

Reference: 10.1016/j.carbpol.2020.115944

Carbohydrate Polymers


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.