Informative Food Packaging Concepts
Packaging is just as crucial as the contents in the food industry. Food packaging promotes the product, extends its shelf life, and makes long-distance shipping easier. Keeping up with the newest food packaging trends will help you stay on track with your packaging choices.
In recent years, there has been a groundswell of opposition to plastic packaging and the harm it causes to the environment. Packaging, as fruit and vegetable processors are well aware, plays a vital role in product protection and shelf life extension, as well as serving as a marketing and branding tool.
Fig.1. Intelligent Packaging (Semantic Scholar.com)
Food packaging lies at the very heart of the modern food industry and very few foods are sold unpackaged. Good packaging prevents waste and ensures that the food retains its desired quality throughout its shelf life. Despite its important and critical role, packaging is frequently viewed as, at best, somewhat redundant, and, at worst, a significant waste of resources and an environmental hazard.
While food packaging is an important part of the food industry and helps to keep food and beverages in a sanitary manner, it may also be a source of food safety concerns. When heated, certain packaging materials, such as certain types of plastic, polythenes, and styrofoam, can produce toxins that are harmful to consumers. Irradiated packaging materials can introduce harmful nonfood chemicals into food. Food packaging uses a variety of materials, such as dyes for colourful label printing and glues and adhesives to hold the package tight. To adequately protect customers, the competent body certifies each of these food packaging materials individually, submitting them to stringent testing processes.
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