The food packaging industry is investing heavily in nanotechnology in an effort to prevent food-borne illnesses and preserve food. Microbe development can quickly lead to dangerous food pathogens and can spoil food prematurely. Here are some examples of how nanotech is involved in food packaging:
Nanoclays to prevent spoilage.
Modified permeation of foil behavior.
Nanoparticles with attached antibodies to detect food pathogens.
Antimicrobial and antifungal surface coatings with nanoparticles.
Improved films with silicate nanoparticles.
Nanosensors that are biodegradable for monitoring temperature and moisture.
Specialized nanosensors to detect ethylene.
Nano-food packaging developments have astonishing implications for the future safety and preservation of our food. It’s become a common theme: NANO improves our health and wellness. Stay tuned for more nano-packaging updates.