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Scientists design bioactive paper to protect food

18 February 2018 | News | By NFS Correspondent

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A group of researchers from Argentina’s National Scientific and Technical Research Council (Conicet) have developed a bioactive paper with antioxidant and antimicrobialproperties to solve the storage and transport issues that cause food to decay and threaten human health.

 

According to researchers, in most cases, packaged foods are damaged by micro-organisms such as molds, yeasts, and bacteria that can be harmful to humans.

 

The research aims to provide solutions to this problem by developing a new type of paper or carton packaging where specific natural molecules are injected into the surfaces’ cellulose.

 

The project won an annual prize funded by food company Arcor and the National Agency for Scientific and Technological Promotion. The award includes a cash component of $7,600.

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