In collaboration with Parx Plastics, Turkish expanded foam packaging supplier Erze Ambalaj has incorporated an anti-microbial technology into its products.
The technology derived from bio-mimicry and free from biocides is significantly reducing the growth of Salmonella, Listeria, E.Coli and Staphylococcus Aureus on the packaging.
The anti-bacterial results measured according to ISO 22196 by the independent University of Ferrara in Italy, is 92.5% against Listeria, 96% against Salmonella and up to 96.5% against Staphylococcus Aureus.
It means there is 93-97% lesser bacteria on the surface of the material after 24 hours compared to normal packaging of the same kind.
The presence of Listeria and Salmonella is particularly a challenge for the market of packaged meats, poultry and fish, noted Erze Ambalaj. By reducing the presence of bacteria, the food can be better preserved and has a longer shelf life.
The Parx technology is derived from bio-mimicry and it is using one of the most abundant trace elements in the human body to bring forth a change in the materials mechanical/physical property characteristics.
Free of biocides, it is able to have an efficient impact on bacterial growth by only a changed material surface property, explained the company. The trace element used is compliant to the European regulations for plastics that come in contact of food and it is not migrating from the packaging.