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Essential Oils and Their Principal Constituents as Antimicrobial Agents for Synthetic Packaging Films

Kuorwel, Kuorwel Kuai, Cran, Marlene ORCID: 0000-0002-6000-8093, Sonneveld, Kees, Miltz, Joseph and Bigger, Stephen W (2011) Essential Oils and Their Principal Constituents as Antimicrobial Agents for Synthetic Packaging Films. Journal of Food Science, 76 (9). R164-R177. ISSN 0022-1147 (print) 1750-3841 (online)

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Spices and herbal plant species have been recognized to possess a broad spectrum of active constituents that exhibit antimicrobial (AM) activity. These active compounds are produced as secondary metabolites associated with the volatile essential oil (EO) fraction of these plants. A wide range of AM agents derived from EOs have the potential to be used in AM packaging systems which is one of the promising forms of active packaging systems aimed at protecting food products from microbial contamination. Many studies have evaluated the AM activity of synthetic AM and/or natural AM agents incorporated into packaging materials and have demonstrated effective AM activity by controlling the growth of microorganisms. This review examines the more common synthetic and natural AM agents incorporated into or coated onto synthetic packaging films for AM packaging applications. The focus is on the widely studied herb varieties including basil, oregano, and thyme and their EOs.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID22925, active packaging, antimicrobial packaging, essential oils, microbial contamination, natural AM agents
Subjects: Current > FOR Classification > 0908 Food Sciences
Historical > SEO Classification > 970110 Expanding Knowledge in Technology
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Institute for Sustainability and Innovation (ISI)
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Engineering and Science
Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2012 06:25
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2020 06:48
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