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Abstract

Active packaging claims to maintain the quality of the food while releasing substances to extend shelf life or improve safety or sensory properties. In the USA, Japan and Australia active packaging concepts are already on the market. The development and application of active packaging in Europe is still limited by legislative restrictions and therefore there is a strong need for research into its safety, effectiveness, economic and environmental impact, as well as unknown consumer acceptance.

The overall aim of the workshop was to stimulate debate and promote future joint applied research work for the mutual benefit of industry and the consumer. An overview of the concepts behind active packaging, the legislative context, technological and scientific considerations were presented. Different types of active packaging were illustrated, for example biocides and oxygen scavengers.

Additional information

Authors: PASTORELLI S, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Health and Consumer Protection, Physical and Chemical Exposure Unit, Ispra (IT);SIMONEAU C, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Health and Consumer Protection, Physical and Chemical Exposure Unit, Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 20775 EN (2003),49pp. Free of charge
Availability: Available from European Commission, JRC Knowledge Management Unit, Ispra (IT) Tel: +39 033278 9843 or +39 033278 9864 Fax: +39 033278 9623 E-mail: jrc-publications-office@ec.europa.eu
Record Number: 200316538 / Last updated on: 2003-08-18
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: en
Available languages: en