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Starch-based antimicrobial films incorporated with lauric acid and chitosan

Salleh, Eraricar and Muhammad, Ida Idayu (2007) Starch-based antimicrobial films incorporated with lauric acid and chitosan. In: 10th ASEAN Food Conference 2007, August 21-23, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.



Antimicrobial (AM) packaging is one of the most promising active packaging systems. Starch-based film is considered an economical material for antimicrobial packaging. This study aimed at the development of food packaging based on wheat starch incorporated with lauric acid and chitosan as antimicrobial agents. The purpose is to restrain or inhibit the growth of spoilage and/or pathogenic microorganisms that are contaminating foods. The antimicrobial effect was tested on B. substilis and E. coli. Inhibition of bacterial growth was examined using two methods, i.e. zone of inhibition test on solid media and liquid culture test (optical density measurements). The control and AM films (incorporated with chitosan and lauric acid) were produced by casting method. From the observations, only AM films exhibited inhibitory zones. Interestingly, a wide clear zone on solid media was observed for B. substilis growth inhibition whereas inhibition for E. coli was only revealed underneath the film discs. From the liquid culture test, the AM films clearly demonstrated a more effective inhibition against B. substilis than E. coli.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Antimicrobial film, active packaging, B. substilis, chitosan, E. coli., lauric acid
Subjects:T Technology > T Technology (General)
Divisions:Chemical and Natural Resources Engineering
ID Code:5525
Deposited By: Norhani Jusoh
Deposited On:06 May 2008 11:09
Last Modified:01 Jun 2010 15:31

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