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Functional pH-Sensitive Film Containing Purple Sweet Potato Anthocyanins for Pork Freshness Monitoring and Cherry Preservation

An antioxidative and pH-sensitive multifunctional film, incorporating anthocyanin-rich purple sweet potato extract (PPE) was fabricated from polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) and sodium alginate (SA)/sodium carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC-Na). The film was composed of 6:4 PVA:SA/CMC-Na (mass ratio, SA:CMC-Na at 1:1) with added PPE, and changed color with changes in pH, and also had useful UV-blocking, antioxidant, mechanical, and water vapor barrier properties, which enable its use as a food coating film. In addition, the incorporation of 300 mg PPE increased the biodegradability of the film in soil from 52.47 ± 1.12% to 64.29 ± 1.75% at 17 days. The pH sensitivity of the film enabled its successful use for the evaluation of pork freshness. Cherries coated with the film had an extended shelf life from 3–4 to 7–9 days, during storage at 25 °C. Consequently, the multifunctional film can be applied to packaging for real-time pH/freshness monitoring and for effectively preserving the freshness of meat and fruit.

Publication date: 28/02/2024

Author: Fahui Ke

Reference: doi: 10.3390/foods13050736

MDPI (foods)


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.