E coli from meat behind half a million UTIs in the US every year, study suggests

Fatal bloodstream illnesses driven by urinary tract infections could rise, warn scientists as research shows link to food-borne bacteria Date: Mar 23, 2023 Source: The Guardian Author: Sophie Kevany Excerpt: The Flagstaff study showed that 8% of the UTIs were caused by E coli from local meat samples. That, said Price, translates into a [...]

2023-03-30T17:39:11-07:00March 30th, 2023|Food Preservation|

Toxic chemicals found in major fast food companies’ packaging

An investigation by Consumer Reports found toxic PFAS chemicals in packaging used by multiple fast food brands. McDonald's, Chick-fil-A, Burger King, and Sweetgreen were included in the report. Date: Mar 24, 2022 Source: insider.com Author: Andrea Michelson Excerpt: "Fast food wrappers and containers from eight different restaurant chains were found to contain PFAS, or [...]

2022-03-29T11:40:27-07:00March 25th, 2022|Packaging|

Inside FDA’s ‘forever chemicals’ catastrophe

For a half-century, grease-resistant coating has been applied to food packaging. The Food and Drug Administration is looking into how much of the ubiquitous family of chemicals known as PFAS ends up in people’s food. Date: March 7, 2022 Source: E&E News / Greenwire Author: E.A. Crunden, Ariel Wittenberg Excerpt: "While much of the [...]

2022-03-08T19:16:32-08:00March 8th, 2022|Packaging|

Plastic packaging increases fresh food waste, study finds

Research by sustainability charity Wrap debunks idea single-use plastic on fruit and veg helps prevent waste Date: February 24, 2022 Source: The Guardian Author: Zoe Wood Excerpt: "Supermarkets should stop selling fresh produce such as apples and potatoes in plastic packaging, research suggests, because it does not make them last longer and adds to [...]

2022-02-27T18:48:48-08:00February 27th, 2022|Packaging|

The Dangers of Chemical Insecticides – Aluminum Phosphide

Common agricultural insecticide being banned, alternatives emerging. A widely used, highly-regulated insecticide - Aluminum Phosphide - has a long history of accidental deaths. Aluminum phosphide is a stable substance, but when exposed to moisture it breaks down and releases a toxic gas called phosphine, which allows it to be used as a strong fumigant. [...]

2022-02-21T20:22:37-08:00February 21st, 2022|Agriculture|

Antimicrobial edible films in food packaging: Current scenario and recent nanotechnological advancements- a review

Natural biopolymer-based antimicrobial films to reduce traditional packaging waste. Date: December 25, 2021 Source: Carbohydrate Polymer Technologies and Applications (via ScienceDirect) Author: Rekha Chawla, S. Sivakumar, Harsimran Kaur Excerpt: "The inclusion of antimicrobial agents into the biopolymer-based edible films has been a significant advancement in active food packaging technology. It is exceptionally efficient in [...]

2022-02-21T21:00:53-08:00February 21st, 2022|Packaging|

ScienceDirect – Bio-based active food packaging materials: Sustainable alternative to conventional petrochemical-based packaging materials

Herein, we reviewed the potential of bio-based food packaging materials as an alternative to petro- materials. Effective deployment of suitable packaging material is a growing concern. The broader applied spectrum of polymeric materials is discussed with suitable examples. Date: November 2020 Source: Science Direct (Abstract and link to purchase PDF) Author: Muhammad Asghera, Sarmad [...]

2022-02-21T20:23:23-08:00February 3rd, 2022|Packaging|

Packaging Digest – Can Eco-Friendly Barrier Coatings for Paper Packaging Properly Protect Food?

More brands are opting for paper-based packaging these days because of its eco halo. But they might not fully understand the environmental, performance, and cost tradeoffs of the material’s barrier coating. Date: Jun 07, 2021 Source: Packaging Digest Author: Lisa McTigue Pierce Excerpt: "The key to providing more sustainable paper-based packaging solutions is the [...]

2022-02-21T15:23:07-08:00August 5th, 2021|Packaging|
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