Coating inhibits microbial growth

Flexible packaging converter FFP Packaging Solutions has tested and approved a patented Touchguard silver ion coating that is claimed to inhibit up to 99.7 per cent of microbial growth on the outside of printed or plain packaging films, providing manufacturers and retailers with an important tool to help them protect customers from bacterial cross-contamination.

The antimicrobial coating is available as an option on all FFP designs, including Esterpeel heatseal lidding films and Estercook roast-in-bag packs. It does not affect packaging line operations and is undetectable by the consumer.

Mitigation of microbial contamination of the outside of packaging is becoming more important to support a safe supply chain, says the company. Campylobacter bacteria, one of the most dangerous pathogens present in the food chain, has been found to contaminate the outside of up to seven per cent of poultry packaging tested at retail, equating to around 44 million packs per year, while a study by Leeds Metropolitan University in the UK discovered coliform bacteria on the packaging of more than 40 per cent of the foodstuffs that were tested.

More information from FFP Packaging Solutions, Tenter Road, Moulton Park, Northampton NN3 6PZ, UK. Tel: 44 1604 798600. Email: mail@ffppkg.co.uk. Web: www.ffppkg.co.uk