NEWS: Anuga Foodtec: First NanoPack Test Results to be Announced


The EU-funded NanoPack project, of which AIPIA is a partner, will reveal the results of new antimicrobial efficacy tests that demonstrate the ability of its innovative film to extend bread shelf life by an extra three weeks, at Anuga FoodTec, March 20-23, 2108 in Cologne.

During the trade fair, NanoPack will hold a special presentation on developing state-of-the-art antimicrobial packaging solutions to improve food safety and reduce food waste. The presentation by Dr Frederik De Bruyn, business development manager of the Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant, which is part of the NanoPack consortium, will take place on Thursday, March 22 at 10:30.

It will highlight NanoPack’s efforts to develop and demonstrate antimicrobial packaging solutions for perishable foods based on natural nano-materials, to prevent food-borne illness outbreaks and reduce food waste caused by early spoilage. The project will also have a stand at the show ( E062, Hall 4.2) where visitors can learn more about the project and how nanotechnology in food packaging helps reduce food waste.

A first round of antimicrobial efficacy tests has shown the film’s ability to inhibit mould growth on food-additive free bread. These were inoculated with relevant-mould spores and packed using the new film. The sample had no mould growing in the area exposed for up to 27 days, post packaging.

“The tests results confirmed the ability of our antimicrobial packaging solutions to significantly extend shelf life, improve food safety and reduce food waste”, said NanoPack’s coordinator Ester Segal, associate professor at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. “We are currently getting ready for the second round of testing with newer and more sophisticated film formats and hope to  present even better results,” she confirmed.

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