UK-based LINPAC Packaging has teamed up with additives supplier Addmaster to develop a range of trays and films with built-in antimicrobial technology to reduce bacteria growth on the outer packaging of fresh meat.
Contamination from harmful bacteria such as Salmonella, E.coli and in particular Campylobacter, is a common cause of food poisoning in the UK. As said, the Biomaster antimicrobial technology from Addmaster is a silver-based additive that can be added into any plastic, paper, textile, painted or coating product and reduce the growth of Campylobacter on their surface by up to 99.99%.
Alan Davey, Director of Innovation at LINPAC Packaging, said, “While the correct handling and preparation of food by consumers at home prevents contamination, our work with Addmaster is addressing concerns raised by our customers and is helping them to reduce the chances of bacterial growth on the outer packaging of fresh meat products in the stages between farm and fork.”
Paul Morris, Managing Director at Addmaster, said the aim was to create a range of packaging which is safe, effective and at minimal cost to LINPAC’s customers. “The additives are cost-effective and crucially do not affect product functionality or the food’s organoleptic properties like taste and smell.”