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Inhibition of bacillus subtilis and escherichia coli by antimicrobial starch-based film incorporated with lauric acid and chitosan

Salleh, Eraricar and Muhammad, Ida Idayu (2007) Inhibition of bacillus subtilis and escherichia coli by antimicrobial starch-based film incorporated with lauric acid and chitosan. In: 3rd CIGR Section VI International Symposium on Food And Agricultural Products: Processing And Inovations 2007, 24-26 September 2007, Naples, Italy.



Food safety is one of key issues of public health. One option is to use packaging to provide an increased margin of safety and quality. Active packaging technologies are being developed as a result of these driving forces. Active packaging is an innovative concept that can be defined as a mode of packaging in which the package, the product and the environment interact to prolong shelf life or enhance safety or sensory properties, while maintaining the quality of the product (Suppakul, Miltz, Sonneveld & Bigger, 2003). 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 packaging, B. subtilis, chitosan, E coli, lauric acid
Subjects:T Technology > T Technology (General)
Divisions:Chemical and Natural Resources Engineering
ID Code:5551
Deposited By: Norhani Jusoh
Deposited On:23 May 2008 10:21
Last Modified:30 Aug 2017 01:08

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