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Meat Sci. 2014 Nov;98(3):404-19. doi: 10.1016/j.meatsci.2014.06.031. Epub 2014 Jun 28.

Active and intelligent packaging systems for a modern society.

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1
IRTA, Monells, Finca Camps i Armet E-17121, Food Technology Department, Monells, Girona, Spain.
2
IRTA, Monells, Finca Camps i Armet E-17121, Food Technology Department, Monells, Girona, Spain. Electronic address: begonya.marcos@irta.es.

Abstract

Active and intelligent packaging systems are continuously evolving in response to growing challenges from a modern society. This article reviews: (1) the different categories of active and intelligent packaging concepts and currently available commercial applications, (2) latest packaging research trends and innovations, and (3) the growth perspectives of the active and intelligent packaging market. Active packaging aiming at extending shelf life or improving safety while maintaining quality is progressing towards the incorporation of natural active agents into more sustainable packaging materials. Intelligent packaging systems which monitor the condition of the packed food or its environment are progressing towards more cost-effective, convenient and integrated systems to provide innovative packaging solutions. Market growth is expected for active packaging with leading shares for moisture absorbers, oxygen scavengers, microwave susceptors and antimicrobial packaging. The market for intelligent packaging is also promising with strong gains for time-temperature indicator labels and advancements in the integration of intelligent concepts into packaging materials.

KEYWORDS:

Active; Intelligent; Muscle foods; Packaging; Shelf life

PMID:
25034453
DOI:
10.1016/j.meatsci.2014.06.031
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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