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Antimicrobial packaging is an “active packaging” technology that incorporates antimicrobial substances in the packaging system to create a controlled microenvironment. The technology prevents microbial growth in food products, thereby extending the shelf life and enhancing the safety of the packaged goods. The primary antimicrobial components include bacteriocins, metal ions, nanoparticles, organic acids, fungicides, parabens, and other chemicals. The recent surge in antimicrobial packaging is a result of consumers’ growing interest in food containing fewer preservatives. The chemicals used in antimicrobial packaging that come into direct contact with food are strictly regulated, and challenges persist in identifying and applying natural antimicrobials.

Antimicrobial Packaging

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Packaged Convenience