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Rutgers Developing Antimicrobial Plastics For Food Packaging

04 Sep

source: http://technocrat.net/d/2007/9/3/26180

Adding Natural Antimicrobials to Food Packaging

Rutgers researchers have developed a polymer intended for food packaging that has natural antimicrobials mixed in with the polymers. The package is biodegradable, so as it slowly degrades, it keeps releasing the substances that inhibit bacterial growth…”The researchers employed natural antimicrobial agents derived from sources such as cloves, oregano, thyme and paprika to create novel biodegradable polymers or plastics to potentially block the formation of bacterial biofilms on food surfaces and packaging.”..more there. Oil of oregano is pretty popular in the alternative health field for this purpose in general, as an antimicrobial agent.

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Posted by on September 4, 2007 in General Knowledge, R&D

 

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