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Cactus Mucilage for Food Packaging Applications

Laboratoire des Substances Naturelles, Institut National de Recherche et d’Analyse Physico-chimique (INRAP), Pôle Technologique de Sidi Thabet, Sidi Thabet 2020, Tunisia
Université de Carthage, INSAT-BP 676, Centre urbain nord, Carthage Cedex 1080, Tunisia
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Coatings 2019, 9(10), 655;
Received: 17 September 2019 / Revised: 5 October 2019 / Accepted: 8 October 2019 / Published: 11 October 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Novel Advances in Food Contact Materials)
Natural polymers have been widely investigated for the development of eco-friendly materials. Among these bio-polymers, cactus mucilage is attracting increasing interest regardless of the plant species or the plant organ used for extraction. Mucilage, which is a highly branched heteropolysaccharide, has been previously studied for its chemical composition, structural features, and biotechnological applications. This review highlights the mucilage application in the food packaging industry, by developing films and coatings. These cactus-based biomaterials will be discussed for their functional properties and their potential in preserving food quality and extending shelf life. View Full-Text
Keywords: films; coatings; mucilage; polysaccharide; cactus; packaging films; coatings; mucilage; polysaccharide; cactus; packaging
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Gheribi, R.; Khwaldia, K. Cactus Mucilage for Food Packaging Applications. Coatings 2019, 9, 655.

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