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Active Cellulose-Based Food Packaging and Its Use on Foodstuff

The essential role of active packaging is food quality improvement, which results in an extension of shelf life. Active packaging can also further enhance distribution from the origin point, and contributes to food waste reduction, offering greater sustainability. In this study, we introduced a new method for obtaining cellulose-based active packages, combining gamma irradiation as an eco-friendly activation process, and clove essential oil and cold-pressed rosehip seed oil as bioactive agents. Newly obtained bioactive materials were evaluated to assess their structural, hydrophobic, and morphological properties, thermal stability, and antioxidant and antimicrobial properties. The results showed that the plant oils induced their antimicrobial effects on paper, using both in vitro tests, against several bacterial strains (Gram-positive bacteria Listeria monocytogenes and Gram-negative bacteria Salmonella enteritidis and Escherichia coli), and in vivo tests, on fresh cheese curd and beef. Moreover, these oils can help control foodborne pathogens, which leads to extended shelf life.

Publication date: 31/01/2024

Author: Anamaria Irimia

Reference: doi: 10.3390/polym16030389

MDPI (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.