Special Issue "Frontiers on Sustainable Food Packaging"

A special issue of Foods (ISSN 2304-8158). This special issue belongs to the section "Food Security and Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 November 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Rui M.S. Cruz
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Guest Editor
1. Department of Food Engineering, Institute of Engineering, Universidade do Algarve, Campus da Penha, 8005-139 Faro, Portugal;
2. MED-Mediterranean Institute for Agriculture, Environment and Development, Faculty of Sciences and Technology, Universidade do Algarve, Campus de Gambelas, 8005-139 Faro, Portugal
Interests: food packaging; food processing; quality kinetics; emerging technologies; mathematical modeling; shelf-life; food preservation; food waste recovery

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The implementation of sustainable food packaging solutions within future circular food supply chains is essential today to protect customers and ensure food quality, safety, and optimal shelf-life. This will be improved by new innovative packaging materials and the reduction of food waste. In this direction, it is important to employ lifecycle assessment (LCA) to define food supply chain impacts, taking into consideration food waste, global food industry environmental impacts, and shipping distances with the final target to achieve consumer satisfaction.

The purpose of this Special Issue is to attract papers in the new era of sustainability and food packaging addressing all major sectors of food from cereals and confectionery to fruits and vegetables, meat, and dairy products.

It is important to share data on the (i) consequences of specific food product–package interactions, (ii) consideration of the utilization of novel packaging biomaterials, and (iii) overall consumer behavior and satisfaction as a critical focus.

This implementation will be facilitated by the interaction of all scientists in the field from food packaging experts to consumer scientists and policy experts.

Prof. Dr. Theodoros Varzakas
Prof. Dr. Rui M.S. Cruz
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • consumers
  • food packaging systems
  • LCA (life cycle assessment)
  • novel biomaterials
  • quality
  • safety
  • security
  • shelf-life
  • sustainability

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Reusable Plastic Crates (RPCs) for Fresh Produce (Case Study on Cauliflowers): Sustainable Packaging but Potential Salmonella Survival and Risk of Cross-Contamination
Foods 2021, 10(6), 1254; https://doi.org/10.3390/foods10061254 - 01 Jun 2021
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The handling of fresh fruits and vegetables in reusable plastic crates (RPCs) has the potential to increase the sustainability of packaging in the fresh produce supply chain. However, the utilization of multiple-use containers can have consequences related to the microbial safety of this [...] Read more.
The handling of fresh fruits and vegetables in reusable plastic crates (RPCs) has the potential to increase the sustainability of packaging in the fresh produce supply chain. However, the utilization of multiple-use containers can have consequences related to the microbial safety of this type of food. The present study assessed the potential cross-contamination of fresh cauliflowers with Salmonella enterica via different contact materials (polypropylene from RPCs, corrugated cardboard, and medium-density fiberboard (MDF) from wooden boxes). Additionally, the survival of the pathogenic microorganism was studied in cauliflowers and the contact materials during storage. The life cycle assessment (LCA) approach was used to evaluate the environmental impact of produce handling containers made from the different food-contact materials tested. The results show a higher risk of cross-contamination via polypropylene compared with cardboard and MDF. Another outcome of the study is the potential of Salmonella for surviving both in cross-contaminated produce and in contact materials under supply chain conditions. Regarding environmental sustainability, RPCs have a lower environmental impact than single-use containers (cardboard and wooden boxes). To exploit the potential environmental benefits of RPCs while ensuring food safety, it is necessary to guarantee the hygiene of this type of container. Full article
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