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Active Cellulose-Based Food Packaging and Its Use on Foodstuff

Irimia, Anamaria; Grigoraș, Vasile Cristian; Popescu, Carmen-Mihaela


Anamaria Irimia

Vasile Cristian Grigoraș

Carmen-Mihaela Popescu


The essential role of active packaging is food quality improvement, which results in an extension of shelf life. Active packaging can also further enhance distribution from the origin point, and contributes to food waste reduction, offering greater sustainability. In this study, we introduced a new method for obtaining cellulose-based active packages, combining gamma irradiation as an eco-friendly activation process, and clove essential oil and cold-pressed rosehip seed oil as bioactive agents. Newly obtained bioactive materials were evaluated to assess their structural, hydrophobic, and morphological properties, thermal stability, and antioxidant and antimicrobial properties. The results showed that the plant oils induced their antimicrobial effects on paper, using both in vitro tests, against several bacterial strains (Gram-positive bacteria Listeria monocytogenes and Gram-negative bacteria Salmonella enteritidis and Escherichia coli), and in vivo tests, on fresh cheese curd and beef. Moreover, these oils can help control foodborne pathogens, which leads to extended shelf life.


Irimia, A., Grigoraș, V. C., & Popescu, C. (2024). Active Cellulose-Based Food Packaging and Its Use on Foodstuff. Polymers, 16(3), Article 389.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 29, 2024
Online Publication Date Jan 31, 2024
Publication Date 2024
Deposit Date Feb 12, 2024
Publicly Available Date Feb 12, 2024
Journal Polymers
Print ISSN 2073-4360
Publisher MDPI
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 16
Issue 3
Article Number 389
Keywords plant oils, food safety/testing, cellulose-based Kraft paper, active food packaging, radiation-induced surface activation
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