Flexible packaging with built-in antimicrobial technology, designed to reduce bacteria growth on the outer packaging of fresh poultry, has been developed by the UK packaging manufacturer, Parkside.
The development makes use of a silver-based additive that can be added into coatings used on the outer face of packaging. It is claimed to kill 99.9% of micro-organisms, such as campylobacter.
“Initially the packaging of foods was simply to provide protective and barrier functions,” said Parkside sales director, Paula Birch (pictured above). “However, the growth of bacteria on packaged foodstuffs continues to cause problems regarding consumer food safety and, of course, product quality.
“To deal with this issue, we have designed and developed a range of flexible packaging solutions which incorporate antimicrobial technology to improve pack functionality.”
The new packaging has, to date, been incorporated into PET (Polyethylene terephthalate) packaging and undergone a series of trials. It has been independently tested and verified, with the products concerned having “passed initial trials for indirect and direct food contact”.
Parkside is also involved with other antimicrobial projects that have received government funding. These include collaborative work with leading universities, coating manufacturers and a UK poultry packer, to develop natural based coatings which help kill bacteria.