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USA: The Food Packaging ally of the Brewers against Covid
In the USA. The year 2020 was marked by the challenges faced by the beer industry. The sale of beverages also packaged in aluminium cans has allowed some breweries to stay open. This article aims at reviewing many packaging challenges and solutions provided to the brewing industry during the pandemic.
The grafted nanoparticles of polymers – polymer-grafted nanoparticles (PGN)
The flat surface is the most adhesive and the concave surface is the least adhesive. This somewhat counterintuitive finding suggests that while a naked nanoparticle has major probability of adhering to a positively curved surface compared to a flat surface, the graft of polymer chains on the surface of the nanoparticle reverses this behaviour.
Eco-Friendly and Effective Food Packaging Material: the future is near!
This article aims at introducing the antibacterial and antioxidant activities of Piper betle Linn oil (PBLO) in the chitosan film (pCS), named pCS-PBLO film. In particular, the pCS-PBLO can extend the shelf life of royal oranges up to two weeks at 25°C, which is longer than the uncoated sample, coated with chitosan alone.
BPA & health effects
Bisphenol A (BPA) is an organic synthetic compound that acts as a monomer to make plastic polycarbonate, widely used in food and beverage packaging, medical devices, thermal paper and dental materials. BPA can contaminate food, drinks, air and soil. This review aims at providing a broad and comprehensive analysis of the latest evidence on potential mechanisms through which BPA affects human health.
New social values and new policies: circular bioeconomy and degrowth sustainable
This paper presents a methodology for determining the percentage of degrowth needed in any food supply chain by analysing four scenarios in one approach life cycle assessment over time between 2020 and 2040.
PFAS a challenge to get to know better
The article examines the state of the art on PFAS (perfluoro alkyl substances) with particular attention to the complexity and challenge of regulating PFAS compounds, due to uncertainty and lack of epidemiological evidence found.
Shelf-life extension of strawberries with edible chitosan coating in shape nano
The article presents the coating of the harvested strawberries with edible nanoparticles (NP) of chitosan. NPs were formed by applying ultrasonic waves to an acid solution of chitosan. This treatment mechanism determines an extension of the shelf life of the strawberries compared to other coatings.