The increasing demand for biobased, disposable, biodegradable, and recyclable materials provides the food industry with the opportunity to invest in alternative solutions, such as biopolymers. Of the available biopolymers, pullulan shows excellent high film formability, considerable mechanical strength, the ability to form thin and flexible layers, and unique antimicrobial activity. This chapter begins with an overview of the properties of the extracellular polysaccharide, pullulan. We also will discuss the unique characteristics that make pullulan an excellent alternative to petroleum-based polymers for antimicrobial food packaging solutions. We will provide a summary of the most significant studies conducted with pullulan in foods, as well as published research that addresses ways to improve the film characteristics. We will address recent case studies and commercial applications of antimicrobial pullulan edible coatings and films on fresh and minimally processed produce, fresh meat and poultry products, as well as further processed (including ready-to-eat) meat products, along with trends, opportunities, and challenges for the application of pullulan in the food packaging industry.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Antimicrobial Food Packaging|
|Number of pages||13|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2016|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)