Antimicrobial Activity of Biodegradable Polysaccharide and Protein-Based Films Containing Active Agents

Kuorwel, Kuorwel Kuai, Cran, Marlene ORCID: 0000-0002-6000-8093, Sonneveld, Kees, Miltz, Joseph and Bigger, Stephen W (2011) Antimicrobial Activity of Biodegradable Polysaccharide and Protein-Based Films Containing Active Agents. Journal of Food Science, 76 (3). R90-R102. ISSN 0022-1147 (print) 1750-3841 (online)


Significant interest has emerged in the introduction of food packaging materials manufactured from biodegradable polymers that have the potential to reduce the environmental impacts associated with conventional packaging materials. Current technologies in active packaging enable effective antimicrobial (AM) packaging films to be prepared from biodegradable materials that have been modified and/or blended with different compatible materials and/or plasticisers. A wide range of AM films prepared from modified biodegradable materials have the potential to be used for packaging of various food products. This review examines biodegradable polymers derived from polysaccharides and protein-based materials for their potential use in packaging systems designed for the protection of food products from microbial contamination. A comprehensive table that systematically analyses and categorizes much of the current literature in this area is included in the review.

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Item type Article
DOI 10.1111/j.1750-3841.2011.02102.x
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Subjects Historical > 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
Keywords ResPubID22908, active packaging, antimicrobial agents, biodegradable film, food packaging
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