Electrospun Nisin-Loaded Poly(&epsilon;-caprolactone)-Based Active Food Packaging
Packaging for fresh fruits and vegetables with additional properties such as inhibition of pathogens grown can reduce food waste. With its biodegradability, poly(&epsilon;-caprolactone) (PCL) is a good candidate for packaging material, especially in the form of an electrospun membrane. The preparation of nonwoven fabric of PCL loaded with food additive, antimicrobial nisin makes them an active packaging with antispoilage properties. During the investigation of the nonwoven fabric mats, different concentrations of nisin were obtained from the solution of PCL via the electrospinning technique. The obtained active porous PCL loaded with varying concentrations of nisin inhibited the growth of Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli. Packages made of PCL and PCL/nisin fibrous mats demonstrated a prolongation of the fruits&rsquo; freshness, improving their shelf life and, consequently, their safety.
Publication date: 28/06/2022
Author: Alena Opálková Šišková
Reference: doi: 10.3390/ma15134540