This book is arguably the first one focusing on packaging material
testing and quality assurance. Food Packaging Materials: Testing
& Quality Assurance provides information to help food
scientists, polymer chemists, and packaging technologists find
practical solutions to packaging defects and to develop innovative
packaging materials for food products. Knowledge of packaging
material testing procedures is extremely useful in the development
of new packaging materials. Unique among books on packaging, this
reference focuses on basic and practical approaches for testing
packaging materials. A variety of packaging materials and
technologies are being used, with glass, paper, metal, and plastics
as the most important groups of materials. Material properties such
as mechanical and other physical properties, permeability, sealing,
and migration of substances upon food contact are determining
factors for food quality, shelf life, and food safety. Therefore,
food packaging materials have to be tested to ensure that they have
correct properties in terms of permeability for gases, water vapor,
and contaminants; of mechanical and other physical properties; and
of the thickness of main components and coating layers. This book
has been designed to shed light on food packaging material testing
in view of packaging integrity, shelf life of products, and
conformity with current regulations. This comprehensive book,
written by a team of specialists in the specific areas of food
packaging, package testing, and food contact regulations, deals
with the problems in a series of well-defined chapters. It covers
the relations between packaging properties and shelf life of
products and describes testing methods for plastics, metal, glass,
and paper, including the areas of vibration, permeation, and
migration tests. It will be of benefit for students, scientists,
and professionals in the area of food packaging.
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