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Novel Bacteriophage-Based Food Packaging: An Innovative Food Safety Approach
Version 1 : Received: 4 March 2023 / Approved: 6 March 2023 / Online: 6 March 2023 (02:20:53 CET)
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Wagh, R.V.; Priyadarshi, R.; Rhim, J.-W. Novel Bacteriophage-Based Food Packaging: An Innovative Food Safety Approach. Coatings 2023, 13, 609. Wagh, R.V.; Priyadarshi, R.; Rhim, J.-W. Novel Bacteriophage-Based Food Packaging: An Innovative Food Safety Approach. Coatings 2023, 13, 609.
Research and development on innovative packaging materials have advanced significantly to safeguard packaged food against microbial contamination and oxidation. To combat demanding issues, active packaging has evolved as a viable method for minimizing oxidation/microbial growth in packaged goods, extending their shelf life, and ensuring the consumer's safety. Active food packaging includes O2, CO2 scavengers, moisture absorbers, U.V. barriers, and carriers of antioxidant and antimicrobial agents. Various antimicrobial agents are carried and/or incorporated into food packaging formulations. Consumers demand natural antimicrobials over chemical/synthetic ones, such as bacteriocins, bacteriophages, and essential oils. Bacteriophages (viruses) have emerged as a feasible option for decontaminating and eliminating infections from food sources. These viruses can target specific food-borne pathogens without impairing beneficial bacteria and, most critically, without causing disease in humans or animals. Fortifying bacteriophages into food packaging films will not only kill specific food microorganisms but has evolved as a new weapon to combat antimicrobial-resistant (AMR) issues. The present review summarises recent developments in active antimicrobial packaging focused particularly on bacteriophage-food packaging applications and advantages, drawbacks, and future trends for active food packaging.
Virus-fortification; antimicrobial; active packaging films; bacteriophages
LIFE SCIENCES, Microbiology
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