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Nanocomposites in the Food Packaging Industry: Recent Trends and Applications

Nanocomposites in the Food Packaging Industry: Recent Trends and Applications
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Author(s): Dheeraj Kumar (National Institute of Technology, Durgapur, India), Md. Farrukh (Echelon Institute of Technology, India) and Nadeem Faisal (ITM University, Gwalior, India)
Copyright: 2021
Pages: 25
Source title: Research Anthology on Food Waste Reduction and Alternative Diets for Food and Nutrition Security
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Information Resources Management Association (USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-5354-1.ch006

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Abstract

The recent innovations in nanomaterials for the food packaging industry over the conventional food packaging material have made for a better quality of food product. The use of biodegradable materials is environmentally friendly and suitable for maintaining the quality of food. The chapter focuses on nano-composite materials that enhance the antimicrobial, mechanical, thermal, as well as barrier properties against the migrating element in the food packaging system. Bio-composite derivatives such as PLA, PCL, starch and cellulose, protein derivatives of nanocomposite materials have also been discussed in the chapter along with nano-sensors. Aspects of safety for human and environments and need for regulations of hazard assessment for safety purpose for the food packaging have also been discussed in this chapter. The chapter concludes by discussing the use of nanomaterials applications in food packaging for developing countries, forming some conclusions and leaving readers with thoughts for future research directions.

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