BIOFOODPACK

Project Title
Bionanocomposite Packaging: Towards Improvement of Food Safety
Project Type
Internacional / Public
Funding Body
Funding Program
M-ERA.NET Call 2016
Reference
M-ERA.NET2/0019/2016
Funding
  • CEB: 35 472,00
  • Total: 514 791,00
Start
01-09-2017
End
31-08-2020
Partnership
Univ. Aveiro (PT), Wroclaw Univ of Science and Technology (PL), Univ. Minho (PT), Cyprus University of Technology (CY), Nutrigen S.A. (PT), MKF-Ergis (PL), Energy Pulse Systems (PT)

Principal Investigator

Abstract

BIOFOODPACK aims to develop a sustainable biocomposite food packaging material to actively interact with foodstuffs, leading to improved food safety with minimal processing, reducing food loss and waste. Antimicrobial and antioxidant properties of natural resources are combined with different fillers to achieve water resistant materials with enhanced mechanical and gas barrier properties and electrically conductive for in-pack sterilization by pulsed electric fields. BIOFOODPACK will provide a food packaging material based on abundant recyclable and biodegradable biopolymers, which will actively protect food with reduction of food waste, a huge nowadays problem. The implementation of packaged food sterilized at low temperature will extend shelflife, maintaining organoleptic and nutritional characteristics of fresh food. A multidisciplinary team will work interactively to generate innovation and market exploitable products.