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Open Access Antimicrobial Substances for Food Packaging Products: The Current Situation

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Antimicrobial substances are widely used in many anthropic activities, including sanitary and military services for the human population. These compounds are also known to be used in food production, agricultural activities, and partially correlated industrial sectors. However, there are concerns regarding the link between the abuse of antimicrobial agents in these ambits and the possible detection of antibiotic-resistant microorganisms. Modern food and beverage products are generally found on the market as prepackaged units, with several exceptions. Consequently, positive and negative features of a specific food or beverage should be considered as the result of the synergic action of different components, including the container (or the assembled sum of packaging materials). At present, the meaning of food container also includes the creation and development of new packaging materials that are potentially able to interact with the contained food. “Active” packaging systems can be realized with antimicrobial substances. On the other hand, a careful evaluation of risks and advantages correlated with antimicrobial agents is needed because of possible negative and/or unexpected failures.
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Affiliations: 1: Food Safety Consultant, Via Torre delle Palme 3, 90136 Palermo, Italy 2: Helwan University, Faculty of Science, Medical Research Laboratories, Ain Helwan, Helwan, Cairo, Egypt 3: Food Safety Consultant, Strada Statale 114, km 11,400, Santa Margherita Marina, 98135 Messina, Italy 4: Enbiotech S.r.l., Via Aquileia, 34, 90144 Palermo, Italy

Publication date: July 1, 2018

This article was made available online on April 4, 2018 as a Fast Track article with title: "Antimicrobial Substances for Food Packaging Products: The Current Situation".

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  • The Journal of AOAC INTERNATIONAL publishes refereed papers and reviews in the fields of chemical, biological and toxicological analytical chemistry for the purpose of showcasing the most precise, accurate and sensitive methods for analysis of foods, food additives, supplements and contaminants, cosmetics, drugs, toxins, hazardous substances, pesticides, feeds, fertilizers and the environment available at that point in time. The scope of the Journal includes unpublished original research describing new analytical methods, techniques and applications; improved approaches to sampling, both in the field and the laboratory; better methods of preparing samples for analysis; collaborative studies substantiating the performance of a given method; statistical techniques for evaluating data. The Journal will also publish other articles of general interest to its audience, e.g., technical communications; cautionary notes; comments on techniques, apparatus, and reagents.
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