Plant Antioxidants and Antimicrobials in Edible and Non-edible Active Packaging Films

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Part of the Reference Series in Phytochemistry book series (RSP)


Smart packaging, including active packaging and edible packaging materials, are novel packaging systems, which may lead in enhanced quality and better preservation of perishable food products. The aim of this chapter is to present and discuss the available active packaging methods and potential applications on alternative food products, focusing on antioxidant and/or antimicrobial systems incorporated in edible and non-edible packaging films. The potential antimicrobial and antioxidant activities of different natural compounds are reviewed, and their applicability as active components in non-edible or edible packaging materials is discussed. With their incorporation into different food packaging systems, the demand for active and intelligent packaging methods is expected to grow dramatically in the near future.


Food packaging Intelligent packaging Coatings Natural preservatives Essential oils Extracts Phenolic compounds Shelf life extension 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Chemical Engineering, Laboratory of Food Chemistry and TechnologyNational Technical University of AthensAthensGreece
  2. 2.Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, Laboratory of Food Process EngineeringAgricultural University of AthensAthensGreece

Section editors and affiliations

  • Jaya Arora
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratory of Biomolecular Technology, Department of BotanyMohanlal Sukhadia UniversityUdaipurIndia

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