Environmental Chemistry Letters

, Volume 16, Issue 2, pp 523–538 | Cite as

Oxygen scavenging films in food packaging

  • Kirtiraj K. Gaikwad
  • Suman Singh
  • Youn Suk LeeEmail author


Eating safe and healthy food is a rising consumer awareness. Oxygen-sensitive foods can now be better protected using oxygen scavenging films, an emerging technology that extends the shelf life and maintains the quality and freshness of food products. The use of oxygen-absorbing materials in packaging is a current trend in active packaging, especially in food packaging. Some oxygen scavenging films have shown excellent oxygen absorbance and become commercial successes. Here, we review oxygen scavenging films used in food packaging, such as novel natural oxygen scavenging agents and active barrier films.


Active packaging Active barrier Nanoactive film Natural oxygen scavenger Biodegradable active film 



The authors would like to thank the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE, Korea) under industry technology innovation program for financial support. This research study is part of a project titled “Development of multi-functional porous ceramic convergence materials for high-quality keeping freshness packaging” (No. 10063291).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kirtiraj K. Gaikwad
    • 1
  • Suman Singh
    • 1
  • Youn Suk Lee
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of PackagingYonsei UniversityWonjuKorea

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