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Antimicrobial Films and Coatings Incorporated with Food Preservatives of Microbial Origin

  • Alex López-Córdoba
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Abstract

Food quality and safety constitute main issues for the food industry. However, in spite of several efforts that have been carried out, food preservation is still challenging. Synthetic substances have been widely applied in the food industry as preservatives, however some of them have been associated with harmful effects to human health. This fact has prompted the quest of new methods for food preservation using natural and safer agents. Biopreservatives such as lactic acid bacteria and their bacteriocins have been widely recognized as potent natural compounds able to inhibit or prevent the growth of spoilage and pathogenic microorganisms in food systems. Therefore, the incorporation of these biopreservatives into polymeric films and coatings constitutes a promising strategy to develop new antimicrobial packaging materials to ensure food safety and extend the food shelf-life. This chapter presents the main developments regarding active packaging intended for food biopreservation. Different strategies for the incorporation of biopreservatives into food packaging materials are analyzed. Finally, the challenges against the large-scale production and successful commercialization of these materials containing biopreservatives are also addressed.

Keywords

Antimicrobial food packaging Bacteriocin Biopreservation Lactic acid bacteria 

Notes

Acknowledgement

The author would like to thank the Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia (UPTC) and the Escuela de Administracion de Empresas Agropecuarias (UPTC Facultad Seccional Duitama) for their support.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alex López-Córdoba
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  1. 1.Facultad Seccional Duitama, Escuela de Administración de Empresas AgropecuariasUniversidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de ColombiaBoyacáColombia

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