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Recent Advances in the Development of Smart and Active Biodegradable Packaging Materials

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Food Safety and Hygiene Division, School of Public Health, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran 1417614411, Iran
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Research Center for Environmental Determinants of Health (RCEDH), Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences, Kermanshah 6719851552, Iran
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Department of Food Science and Technology, Faculty of Nutrition and Food Sciences, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz 5166614711, Iran
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Department of Clinical Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran 1417614411, Iran
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Department of Food Science, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, MA 01003, USA
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Academic Editors: Sabbatini Luigia and Nicoletta Ditaranto
Nanomaterials 2021, 11(5), 1331; https://doi.org/10.3390/nano11051331
Received: 21 April 2021 / Revised: 10 May 2021 / Accepted: 12 May 2021 / Published: 18 May 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Food Packaging Bionanocomposites)
Interest in the development of smart and active biodegradable packaging materials is increasing as food manufacturers try to improve the sustainability and environmental impact of their products, while still maintaining their quality and safety. Active packaging materials contain components that enhance their functionality, such as antimicrobials, antioxidants, light blockers, or oxygen barriers. Smart packaging materials contain sensing components that provide an indication of changes in food attributes, such as alterations in their quality, maturity, or safety. For instance, a smart sensor may give a measurable color change in response to a deterioration in food quality. This article reviews recent advances in the development of active and smart biodegradable packaging materials in the food industry. Moreover, studies on the application of these packaging materials to monitor the freshness and safety of food products are reviewed, including dairy, meat, fish, fruit and vegetable products. Finally, the potential challenges associated with the application of these eco-friendly packaging materials in the food industry are discussed, as well as potential future directions. View Full-Text
Keywords: smart materials; active packaging; colorimetric indicators; biodegradability; biocomposite films smart materials; active packaging; colorimetric indicators; biodegradability; biocomposite films
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Sani, M.A.; Azizi-Lalabadi, M.; Tavassoli, M.; Mohammadi, K.; McClements, D.J. Recent Advances in the Development of Smart and Active Biodegradable Packaging Materials. Nanomaterials 2021, 11, 1331. https://doi.org/10.3390/nano11051331

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Sani MA, Azizi-Lalabadi M, Tavassoli M, Mohammadi K, McClements DJ. Recent Advances in the Development of Smart and Active Biodegradable Packaging Materials. Nanomaterials. 2021; 11(5):1331. https://doi.org/10.3390/nano11051331

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Sani, Mahmood A., Maryam Azizi-Lalabadi, Milad Tavassoli, Keyhan Mohammadi, and David J. McClements 2021. "Recent Advances in the Development of Smart and Active Biodegradable Packaging Materials" Nanomaterials 11, no. 5: 1331. https://doi.org/10.3390/nano11051331

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