At this point in time, food packaging innovations are transforming beyond basic containers to elements that are revolutionizing the food, beverage, and related retail industries. With food safety top of mind for many consumers, companies are increasing their investments in food packaging innovations that not only extend product shelf life and prevent the leaching of potentially dangerous chemicals into food but also in materials that keep food safer across all points of the supply chain.
By using unique tracking codes on each package, any problem can be identified quickly down to the machine it was created on or where it may have occurred. This quality and safety check will help keep a defective package from ever leaving the plant and can quickly help determine where recalled products originate.
As a result of increased regulatory pressure to phase out the use of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, the food and beverage industry is also making efforts to phase out PFAS in packaging.
More recently, tests have been done with antimicrobial packaging innovations for produce, including microbial coatings in corrugated containers and silver ion-embedded plastics that could potentially destroy harmful pathogens such as salmonella, listeria, and E. Coli.
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