Antimicrobial Food Pads Containing Bacterial Cellulose and Polysaccharides

  • Marta Stroescu
  • Gabriela Isopencu
  • Cristina Busuioc
  • Anicuta Stoica-GuzunEmail author
Living reference work entry
Part of the Polymers and Polymeric Composites: A Reference Series book series (POPOC)


Antimicrobial food packaging is one of the major innovations in the field of packaging technology. To extend food shelf life and to contribute to the consumer’s health are the main challenges of the new technology. Absorbent pads are widely used in food industry in order to preserve sensorial characteristics of packaged fresh or refrigerated food products, such as meat or poultry and also fruit and vegetables which could generate exudates during storage time. Cellulose and cellulose-derived materials are already used as components in food pads architecture. To tailor an antimicrobial food pad using natural antimicrobial agents is also a challenge which could be achieved. The aim of this chapter is to give an overview of antimicrobial packaging, underlying especially the role of natural antimicrobial agents and biopolymers. Examples are focused on cellulose and its derivative uses. In the second part of this chapter, we propose new composite hydrogels composed of bacterial cellulose and other polysaccharides as xanthan and carboxymethylcellulose, hydrogels which could act as superabsorbent of moisture and fluids exuded from packaged fresh food products. As antimicrobial substances we have tested potassium sorbate and thyme essential oil. The samples impregnated with thyme essential oil were tested against four microbial strains: Escherichia coli, Bacillus subtilis, Candida utilis (Torula), and Penicillium hirsutum.


Antimicrobial Food pad Bacterial cellulose Carboxymethylcellulose Xanthan Moisture absorber 



A. Stoica-Guzun gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the European Commission through the European Regional Development Fund and of the Romanian state budget, under the grant agreement 155/25.11.2016 (Project POC P-37-449, acronym ASPiRE).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marta Stroescu
    • 1
  • Gabriela Isopencu
    • 1
  • Cristina Busuioc
    • 1
  • Anicuta Stoica-Guzun
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Faculty of Applied Chemistry and Materials ScienceUniversity Politehnica of BucharestBucharestRomania

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