29 Feb '16, 11am

Biodegradable food packaging material with GFSE created by Singapore researchers

Biodegradable food packaging material with GFSE created by Singapore researchers

The fabrication process takes less than a day (Foto: National University of Singapore) Singapore, China — Researchers from the National University of Singapore have successfully developed an environmentally-friendly food packaging material that is free from chemical additives, by fortifying natural chitosan-based composite film with grapefruit seed extract (GFSE). This novel food packaging material can slow down fungal growth, doubling the shelf-life of perishable food, such as bread. Chitosan, a natural and biodegradable polymer derived from the shells of shrimp and other crustaceans, has immense potential for applications in food technology, owing to its biocompatibility, non-toxicity, short time biodegradability and excellent film forming ability. Chitosan also has inherent antimicrobial and antifungal properties. GFSE, on the other hand, is antioxidant and possesses st...

Full article: http://recyclingportal.eu/Archive/21510

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