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Recent Developments in Seafood Packaging Technologies

Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Ioannina, 45110 Ioannina, Greece
Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ioannina, 47100 Arta, Greece
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Academic Editor: Joaquin Gomez Estaca
Foods 2021, 10(5), 940;
Received: 29 March 2021 / Revised: 15 April 2021 / Accepted: 21 April 2021 / Published: 25 April 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Innovative Muscle Foods Preservation and Packaging Technologies)
Seafood products are highly perishable, owing to their high water activity, close to neutral pH, and high content of unsaturated lipids and non-protein nitrogenous compounds. Thus, such products require immediate processing and/or packaging to retain their safety and quality. At the same time, consumers prefer fresh, minimally processed seafood products that maintain their initial quality properties. The present article aims to review the literature over the past decade on: (i) innovative, individual packaging technologies applied to extend the shelf life of fish and fishery products, (ii) the most common combinations of the above technologies applied as multiple hurdles to maximize the shelf life of seafood products, and (iii) the respective food packaging legislation. Packaging technologies covered include: Modified atmosphere packaging; vacuum packaging; vacuum skin packaging; active food packaging, including oxygen scavengers; carbon dioxide emitters; moisture regulators; antioxidant and antimicrobial packaging; intelligent packaging, including freshness indicators; time–temperature indicators and leakage indicators; retort pouch processing and edible films; coatings/biodegradable packaging, used individually or in combination for maximum preservation potential. View Full-Text
Keywords: seafood spoilage; packaging technologies; packaging legislation seafood spoilage; packaging technologies; packaging legislation
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Kontominas, M.G.; Badeka, A.V.; Kosma, I.S.; Nathanailides, C.I. Recent Developments in Seafood Packaging Technologies. Foods 2021, 10, 940.

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Kontominas MG, Badeka AV, Kosma IS, Nathanailides CI. Recent Developments in Seafood Packaging Technologies. Foods. 2021; 10(5):940.

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Kontominas, Michael G., Anastasia V. Badeka, Ioanna S. Kosma, and Cosmas I. Nathanailides 2021. "Recent Developments in Seafood Packaging Technologies" Foods 10, no. 5: 940.

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